Service : 961909-L
Place of Birth : Kanpur, UP
Service : Air Force
Last Rank : Corporal
Unit : 154 HU AF
Awards : Mention-in-Despatches
Date of Martyrdom : 27 Feb 2019
Corporal Deepak Pandey hailed from the Chakeri area of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Only son of Shri Ram Prakash Pandey and Smt Rama Pandey, Cpl Deepak Pandey had joined the Indian Air Force in the year 2014. He was trained for technical operations on MI-17 Helicopters being flown by the Indian Air Force. After completing his initial training Cpl Deepak got posted to the Air Force base at Jamnagar in Gujarat. Later he got transferred to the forward air base at Srinagar.
MI-17 Air Crash: 27 Feb 2019
During Feb 2019, Cpl Deepak Pandey was serving with 154 HU AF based at Srinagar Air Force Base. The unit was operating MI-17 Helicopters and was responsible to undertake air transport and logistics operations in support of the Army as well as IAF operations in J & K. On 27 Feb 2019, Corporal Deepak Pandey along with other crew members including Sgt Vikrant Sehrawat, Cpl Pankaj Kumar, and Cpl Vishal Kumar Pandey, and two officers, Sqn Ldr Ninad Mandavgane & Sqn Ldr Sidharth Vashisht were tasked for an operational mission. The crew after having gone through their preparatory checks got ready to take off as per the operational plan.
The aircraft took off as planned at 1000 hrs but soon after flying for nearly 10 minutes crashed in an open field near Garend Kalaan village in Budgam district about 10 km from the Srinagar International Airport. The helicopter broke into pieces and caught fire which made it impossible to save the crew members. All six valiant air warriors could not survive and laid down their lives in the service of the nation. Cpl Deepak Pandey was a valiant and competent air warrior who displayed commitment and devotion to duty during every operational mission assigned to him. Corporal Deepak Pandey was awarded ‘Mention-in-Despatches” (Posthumously) for his commendable courage, devotion to duty, and supreme sacrifice.
Corporal Deepak Pandey is survived by his father Shri Ram Prakash Pandey and mother Smt Rama Pandey.
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