Pilot of ill-fated Air India Express aircraft was ‘Sword of Honour’ winner

Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7

Deepak Vasant Sathe, the captain of the ill-fated Air India Express Boeing 737 plane that crashed at Kozhikode on Friday, had bagged the coveted ‘Sword of Honour’ on passing out from the Air Force Academy.

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The former IAF fighter pilot belonged to the 58th Course of the National Defence Academy, Kharakvasla, the place he was a gold medalist, Air Force sources stated.

Thereafter, he moved to the AIr Force Academy, Dundigal, and was a part of the 127th Pilot’s Course, the place he was awarded the ‘Sword of Honour’ for topping the course.

Wing Commander Sathe had additionally served as a check pilot throughout his stint with the Air Force. He was commissioned in June 1981 and retired in 2003.

He had additionally served with No.17 Squadron, the Golden Arrows, which has just lately been recommissioned with the IAF’s newest acquisition, the Rafale fighter jet.

According to sources, Sathe was very skilled on the Boeing 737-800 plane, which he flew with the nationwide flag service. Earlier, he had additionally flown the Airbus A-310.


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