Service No : 958410B
Date of Birth : 17 Jan 1993
Place of Birth : Mathura, (UP)
Service : Air Force
Last Rank : Corporal
Unit : 154 HU AF
Date of Martyrdom : 27 Feb 2019
Cpl Pankaj Kumar hailed from Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh and was born on 17 Jan 1993. Son of an army veteran Subedar Naubat Singh and Smt Rekha Singh. Cpl Pankaj Kumar had a younger brother Ajay Singh. Being from a military backround, he grew up in various army cantonments and studied from different schools in Bareilly, Ahemadnagar and Mathura. After completing his school education he joined the Indian Air Force on 27th Mar 2012. After completing his initial training in Belgaum he moved to Air Force station Tambaram near Chennai for his further technical training in MI-17 V5 Helicopters.
Cpl Pankaj Kumar got posted to Air Force Station Jamnagar in Gujarat as his first assignment. During this period he got married to Miss Megha Choudhary from Bulundshahar on 14th Dec 2015. The couple was blessed with a son Rudransh on 23rd Sep 2017. Later Cpl Pankaj Kumar got posted to the Air Force base at Srinagar operating MI -17 Helicopters.
MI-17 Air Crash: 27 Feb 2019
During Feb 2019, Cpl Pankaj Kumar’s unit 154 HU AF, based at Srinagar was operating MI-17 V5 Helicopters. Cpl Pankaj Kumar had joined back the unit on 3rd Feb 2019 after his leave. Cpl Pankaj Kumar’s unit was responsible to undertake air transport and logistics operations in support of the Army as well as IAF operations in J & K. On 27 Feb 2019, Cpl Pankaj Kumar along with other crew members Cpl Deepak Pandey, Cpl Vishal Kumar Pandey, Sgt Vikrant Sehrawat, and the two pilots, Sqn Ldr Sidharth Vashisht & Sqn Ldr Ninad Mandavgane were tasked for an operational mission. The crew after having gone through their preparatory checks got ready to take off as per the operational plan.
The aircraft took off as planned at 1000 hrs but soon after flying for nearly 10 minutes crashed in an open field near Garend Kalaan village in Budgam district about 10 km from the Srinagar International Airport. The helicopter broke into pieces and caught fire which made it impossible to save the crew members. All six valiant air warriors could not survive and laid down their lives in the service of the nation. Cpl Pankaj Kumar was a valiant and highly competent air warrior who displayed grit, commitment and devotion to duty during every operational mission assigned to him.
Cpl Pankaj Kumar is survived by his father Sub Naubat Singh (retd), mother Smt Rekha Singh, wife Smt Megha, son Rudransh, and younger brother Ajay Kumar.
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