Pilot killed in Kerala Air India Express crash served in IAF, won NDA Sword of Honour
MUMBAI: Commanding pilot Deepak V Sathe is believed to have died on the spot.
Sathe lived in Powai with his family which includes his wife Sushma and two sons. His older son Shantanu got married March 8, days before the lockdown began on March 25. Shantanu works in the US while Sathe’s younger son Dhananjay is employed with a corporate firm in Bangalore.
A neighbour in Powai said, “Sathe and I were squadron mates in the Air Force, flying MiG-21s in the 1980s during our bachelor days. We have not received an official confirmation from Air India Express (about his condition). We fear the worst although we have not lost hope as yet. His wife Sushma is a strong lady and is quite composed. We are making arrangements for her to travel to Calicut on Saturday.”
He was a wing commander in the Indian Air Force from where he retired and joined Air India about 10 years ago. He flew the Airbus 310 for AI before moving to Air India Express on Boeing 737.
He had a rare passion for flying, said a distant relative who is a senior lawyer.
Sathe studied in Cambrian Hall school, Dehradun. Old school friends, who are from the defence forces, also rang his home to pay condolence.
Meanwhile in Pune, the former vice chief of the Indian Air Force, Air Marshal Bhushan Gokhale (Retd) said, “It is very unfortunate to lose a brilliant officer in this manner.” Sathe was from the 58th course of the National Defence Academy (NDA). “He passed out from the Air Force Academy with a Sword of Honour in June 1981. He was a fighter pilot and served as test pilot of the IAF. He was an excellent squash player too,” he said.
与此同时，在普纳，印度空军前副参谋长，空军元帅Bhushan Gokhale (已退役)说:“以这种方式失去一位杰出的军官是非常不幸的。萨瑟是国防学院(NDA)的第58期学员。1981年6月，他从空军学院毕业，并获得“荣誉之剑”奖章。他是一名战机飞行员，并担任印度空军的试飞员。他还是个优秀的壁球运动员。
Gokhale, who investigated the Mangalore plane crash in which 158 passengers were killed in 2010, said, “The accumulation of rainwater on the runway surface in the rainy season is the riskiest thing for any pilot. There is a Standard Operating Procedure set up by the DGCA for clearing the water from the runway. The inquiry panel will check this aspect during the investigation."
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/p/50518.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
What was control tower doing? Standard drill. If bad weather aircrafts are asked to go to another place.
Its great loss, Mr. Sathe did his best otherwise this incident could have turned into another disaster. Lets not forget that, Air India Pilots are best in the world and have excellent track record as compared to any other airline.
Mr.Sathe risked his own life and Saved so many and avoided Catastrophic incident. May his soul rest in peace!
R.I.P. Sir ! You did your best ! Circumstances were really bad - heavy rains, hydroplaning due to accumulated water on tarmac, gusty tail winds and tight table top runway were like nightmare. Heartfelt condolences to the family and friends.
The safety team took more than half hour to reach the spot. Volunteers were able to reach immediately.
Sack the aviation minister. Puri
Anthony Dinozzo Jr
Rest in peace wing commander....
The plane could have been diverted to cochin airport. ATC 's risk assessment is poor in this case.
RIP pilot along with others who lost their live.
pilot Looks too old. retirement age from active duty should be around 56 in air india. give some management role after that.
Probably couldn't even see the runway at his age.
Capt. Sathe death due to accident is a tragic event was a great loss, he was an accomplished pilot and a great soldier. Runway No. 10 should never have been used by Airport authorities if it was unsafe.
The pilot and co pilot did there best and lost there lives too.....who would want to die ..They would have tried each and everything to save the plane and passengers ... hats off sir...rest in peace sir...
Murder by ATC. Why allowed to land after two attempts to land third time. Close this Airport permanent closure.
Negligence is there , loss of life ,loss of Aircraft , Human error , when all staff of AI retired at 58 then why pilots work beyond 62 years , with age human reflexes weakens .RIP
Rest in Peace ex Wing Commander Sathe. It's high time the experts look into avoiding such risky landings. We have lost a coveted pilot and many innocent lives
May his soul rest in peace. Ace pilot, raining heavily and the airport is a table top airport which is a recipe for disaster.
I am sure he would have all his best to save the plane feom crashing but death came heavy on all of them... RIP
lost a brilliant pilot. great loss. may his soul rest in peace. heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
Prayers for the deceased. But I always fail to understand why a fighter jet pilot would go on to become a commercial pilot.
Voice of India
Saved majority of passengers due to highly competent pilots at the cost of their life. We extend deepest sympathies to the passengers, crews & pilots and their families.
Aircraft maintenance is poor. Air India is only interested to make money, charge high but no maintenance, no care , totally irresponsible. No doubt pilots are well trained and sharp.