Wing Commander Deepak Vasant Sathe, the captain of the ill-fated plane that crashed at Calicut on Friday, was a top-notch Indian Air Pressure fighter who learnt his commerce flying the Soviet-origin MiG-21 fighter planes throughout his 22-year IAF profession, individuals who have identified him stated.
Sathe, 59, was awarded the coveted “sword of honour” (a recognition of his expertise) when he graduated from the Air Pressure Academy at Dundigal close to Hyderabad in June 1981. The previous IAF fighter, an alumnus of the celebrated Nationwide Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, was additionally an achieved check pilot.
“That is unhappy. Sathe was a comrade in arms on the Plane and Methods Testing Institution STE (IAF’s flight testing institution) with me. RIP Tester. The decision indicators of all check pilots have the ‘Tester’ prefix,” stated Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Bahadur (retd), further director normal, Centre for Air Energy Research.
Sathe joined the air pressure in June 1981 and give up the IAF prematurely in June 2003, stated one other ex-IAF pilot who knew him.
“He was an especially expert pilot who cherished flying. He was a mentor to many younger pilots,” he stated.