IAF pilots cremated

IAF Pilots Dead in Saras Air crash "Cremated"

IAF Pilots Dead in Saras Air crash "Cremated"


Bangalore: The last rites of the two Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots who were killed in the Saras air-crash were performed with full military honours on Sunday at the IAF crematorium.
The two test pilots Wing Commander K Praveen and Wing Commander Dipesh Shah, along with test engineer Squadron Leader Ilayaraja, were killed after the Saras protoype aircraft crash-landed in an open area at Sheshagirihalli near Bidadi on Friday.
Senior IAF officers placed wreaths on their bodies and cremation was carried out with full military honours.
Ilayaraja’s mortal remains were flown on Saturday to Villupuram in Tamil Nadu.
09/03/09 ExpressBuzz


~ by anand213 on March 9, 2009.

8 Responses to “IAF pilots cremated”

  1. Having known Praveen personally as a relative, it is very hard to understand how a pilot of his caliber who has flown all kinds if warplanes including MIGs, Jaguars and Sukhois could end up killed while testing a cargo plane called SARAS which has reportedly taken 29 years for 2 prototypes at a cost of 280cr!
    Can’t help getting reminded of ‘Rang De Basanti’!

  2. Hi Srinivas, I am on of Praveen’s middles school buddy, i have come to know the tragic new only today. If possible could you please pass me his parents contact details please ??
    Shashi (UK)

    • I m sorry yaar.. i don’t have his contacts.. but if i get it i will definitely pass it to you.

  3. Let me know whenever you have it….. am pretty sure his father will recognize me. We have a middles school (Mary Immaculate Higher Primary School, Shimoga) online group and we all have come to known about this few days back. Everyone appears in remorse and want to send their condolences. Having known him closely during 5th, 6th and 7th std they all are asking me about this contacts. Praveen was great character, always spoke about being a pilot, he was imressed by freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, lastly not mention he imitated of Alexeander The Great’s in Kannada…..

  4. Shashi Kiran Doyjode, can you mail me at niranjan.prabhu@gmail.com. I have Praveen’s contact details

  5. Hi Niranjan, Thanks for your kindest reply. Will drop a line soon

  6. I am Ilayaraja’s class mate. Very sad to know that.

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