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Wing Commander PS Chauhan joined the Air Drive in 2000


At her residence in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra, Sushila Chauhan is now recounting each phrase spoken throughout her telephonic dialog along with her son on Tuesday evening.

Little did she know then that this was the final time she was listening to the voice of her son, Wing Commander P S Chauhan.

Hours later, the Air Drive officer was killed within the helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu that claimed 13 lives, together with these of India’s first Chief of Defence Employees Common Bipin Rawat and his spouse Madhulika Rawat.

He was the pilot in charge of the Mi-17 V5 helicopter that crashed shortly after it took off from the Air Drive base in Sulur at 11.45 am, Coimbatore, for Wellington within the Nilgiri Hills. He leaves behind his spouse, a 12-year-old daughter and a nine-year-old son.

Relations mentioned Wing Commander Chauhan was the youngest of 5 siblings, with 4 elder sisters who doted on him. After passing out of Sainik Faculty at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh, he joined the Air Drive in 2000. The officer married in 2007.

Shell-shocked by the lack of his son, Surendra Singh Chauhan may solely say that he got here to know in regards to the mishap from information studies. “He would speak to everybody with affection.”

Uncle Yashpal Singh Chauhan mentioned they’re but to get any official communication concerning Chauhan’s demise.

Mina Singh, the Air Drive officer’s sister, mentioned she final met her brother in Rakhi this 12 months. “After 31 years, all of us received collectively for Rakhi this 12 months. He doted on his sisters, if we requested for something, he would guarantee it is accomplished,” she mentioned, preventing again tears.

The officer’s mom Sushila Chauhan mentioned she had dozed off with the TV on. “After I awakened, I received a name from his father-in-law. He advised me,” she mentioned.  

Common Rawat was on his option to the Defence Companies Employees Faculty in Wellington to deal with the school and college students when the crash came about.

The helicopter would have landed in 10 extra minutes when it got here down, barely 10 km from a highway. The Air Drive has ordered an Inquiry into what occurred.



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