Shubham Jaiswal ([email protected])
The Maharashtra government on Tuesday announced that Captain Deepak Sathe, pilot of the Air India Express flight that crashed, will be accorded with a state funeral for his dedication to his work that made him an inspiration for young pilots.
“We’ll accord state funeral to late Wing Commander (Retd) Capt DV Sathe. His life has been one that will inspire young pilots to achieve Sword of Honour and command over skies,” stated the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Office.
An alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA) in Pune, Sathe was one of the most decorated pilots in the country, and served as a fighter pilot during his time in the Air Force. He had also won the Sword of Honour — one of the most prestigious military awards — at the Hyderabad Air Force Academy.