Service No : 32755-H

Date of Birth : May 22, 1991

Place of birth : Kerala

Last Rank : Flight Lieutenant

Unit : 11 Wg AF

Arm/Regt : India Air Force

Martyrdom : May 23, 2017

Flight Lieutenant S Achudev

Flight Lieutenant S Achudev was born on 22 May 1991 in Kerala. Flt Lt Achudev was an ace fighter pilot of the IAF having considerable experience in flying various aircraft. During 2017, Flt Lt Achudev was posted to a Su-30 operating fighter squadron located at 11 Wing Tezpur which is  172 km from the China border. The Sukhoi Su-30 is a Russian-made, twin-engine fighter meant for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface missions. The first of the Su-30 planes was inducted by the IAF in the late 1990s.


Operational Flying Task: 23 May 2017


On May 23, 2017, at around 10.30 AM, Flight Lieutenant Achudev along with Sqn Ldr D Pankaj took off in their Su-30 aircraft from Air Force Station Tezpur. They were flying as part of the operational training task in a two-aircraft formation. The pilots are tasked to carry out various flying maneuvers and procedures as part of their operational training.  The plane went off the radar around 11:10 AM near Arunachal Pradesh’s Doulasang area, adjoining China.


A massive search was taken up to locate the aircraft and the missing pilots. The wreckage was found on May 26 through aerial recce, in a thick forest around 60 km from Tezpur. Search and rescue teams initially found a blood-stained shoe, a half-burnt PAN card, and the wallet of one of the two pilots. The fighter jet’s black box was recovered later on by teams comprising the Army, the Air Force, and civil administration personnel.


Flt Lt Achudev could not eject at the time of the crash, according to the analysis of the jet’s Flight Data Recorder and some other articles recovered from the crash site. He could not survive the crash and the precious life of a professionally competent fighter pilot was lost in the horrific accident. Flt Lt Achudev was a proud air warrior and a dedicated soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation.


Flt Lt S Achudev is survived by his mother Smt Jaysree Prayankavil, father Shri Sehdevan, and sister Anushri Mahadevan.

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  • G Aravind

    2023 at 3:10 am Reply

    Jai hind sir

  • Aravind

    2023 at 3:11 am Reply

    Still it hurts though we never met . And your name’s something that will stay in my mind till my end. To whoever reading this , this brave pilot was one of the strongest motivation during my academic years . Even if you are physically absent , your names and tales continue to inspire people . Be happy wherever you are , whichever dimension you are , respected sir and dear brother.

  • Joel

    2023 at 3:12 am Reply

    In reply to Om Varma.
    He was the 2006 batch of my school

  • Ezabel Gomes

    2023 at 3:12 am Reply

    His Life

    In our warm cozy beds we sleep,
    And somewhere in a village a mother silently weeps.
    Her soldier son is out there fighting a battle,
    While his wife soothes the baby with a bright new rattle.

    I wake up in the morning,
    And complain about my burnt toast.
    While the soldier goes hungry planning for his next post.

    As I make my way through the day,
    Cribbing and complaining about a wasteful life.
    Oblivion of the hardships that our soldiers strive.

    Every hour, every minute, every second;
    Is a chance for us to cherish what we have.
    Only a soldier knows the worth;
    It’s time we understand.

    The family is in pain,
    But his life has not gone in vain.
    A beautiful life he insured for me and you,
    Let’s salute our soldiers for a future bright and new.

    Jai Hind!

  • G Aravind

    2023 at 3:13 am Reply

    Even after three years i believe one day you will return as in the jackie chan movie ‘Who am i’ . still hard to digest the fact that you guys left us. Your actions inspire us to be like you.

  • SreeKumar

    2023 at 3:14 am Reply


  • Vaibhav chaudhary

    2023 at 3:14 am Reply

    I salute you sir..your sacrifice will be remembered…
    Great soul ..india lost a brave son

  • Yadvendra chaubey

    2023 at 3:15 am Reply

    Salutes to your Bravery.RIP.

  • Pappu Godara

    2023 at 3:15 am Reply

    I Salute…
    Jai Hind

  • Pragneshkumar chavda

    2023 at 3:16 am Reply

    I salute you and your brave deeds…
    Your secrifice will be rememberd.

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