Service No : 26297 F(P)

Service: Air Force

Last Rank: Flying Officer


Date of Martyrdom : Apr 20, 2002

Flying Officer Deepak Dahiya

Flying Officer Deepak Dahiya was commissioned into the Indian Air Force and got trained as a fighter pilot. He was commissioned on 16 Dec 2000 and then went on to do various stages of flying training. Fg Offr Deepak Dahiya was also a keen sportsman and excelled in playing hockey.


MiG-21 crash: 20 April 2002


During 2002, Fg Offr Deepak Dahiya was undergoing his advance flying training at MiG Operational Flying Training Unit (MOFTU), the largest fighter unit of IAF undertaking Stage-III fighter-flying training. On 20 Apr 2002, Fg Offr Deepak Dahiya was detailed for a training sortie with Sqn Ldr Tarique Jamil Ahmad Khan as the instructor. It was a two aircraft formation training for an air combat training mission. As planned, Sqn Ldr Khan and Fg Offr Deepak Dahiya took off the Indian Air force base located in Sonitpur district of Assam. The first leg of the mission went off as planned but on its return leg the MiG-21 aircraft with Sqn Ldr Khan and Fg Offr Deepak Dahiya on board lost contact with ground control and went missing.


The second aircraft of the formation landed back to the base safely but the aircraft being flown by Sqn Ldr Tarique Jamil Ahmad Khan and Fg Offr Deepak Dahiya went off the radar while flying over Darrang district of Lower Assam near Koipani village. The area was surrounded by inaccessible thick forest which made the search extremely difficult. An extensive search operation was launched by Army, police, railway police and IAF personnel with helicopters for the missing aircraft but they could not locate the debris of the aircraft. Tragically two professionally competent pilots were lost in this horrific accident. Fg Offr Deepak Dahiya was a devoted soldier and dedicated air warrior who laid down his life in the line of his duty.


Fg Offr Deepak Dahiya is survived by his parents.

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