Birth place: Loharu, Haryana

Service: Air Force

Unit : AF Stn Port Blair

Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant

Date Of Martyrdom : 22 July 2016

Flt Lt Deepika Sheoran

Flight Lieutenant  Deepika  Sheoran belonged to Loharu in Bhiwani district of Haryana. Born to Sri Dalip Singh Sheoran and Smt Prem Lata, Flt Lt Deepika was the eldest among three siblings. Her father was an executive engineer with Haryana public health department. Flight Lt Deepika after completing her B Tech in computer engineering from Faridabad had got a placement in a private firm at Noida. She was also selected for the Army as a lieutenant and had completed all the formalities for joining the same.


But Flt Lt Deepika followed her passion of working in  Indian Air Force and soon qualified for the technical branch of the IAF . She was finally commissioned in Jan 2013 as flying officer, after completing her training at Air Force Technical College at Bangalore. Since her childhood Flt Lt Deepika was passionate about flying aircraft, so she was happy to join the Air Force, even though she was joining as an engineer and not as a pilot.


Soon after her training Flt Lt Deepika was posted to the Air Force station at Port Blair. She was very happy to get the posting as her husband Kuldeep Dalal was also serving as assistant Commandant with Cost Guard at Port Blair.


IAF AN-32 Aircraft Accident : 22 July 2016


On 22 July 2016, AN-32 aircraft belonging to 33 Squadron was tasked to carry men and material from Chennai to the Air Force at Port Blair. The aircraft, an upgraded AN-32 took off from Tambaram Air Force Station in Chennai at 8.30 am, and was expected to land at Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands at 11.30 am. Flt Lt Deepika had boarded the aircraft to report back to her unit at Port Blair. The aircraft had 29 people on board including six crew members besides the material load.


However, the aircraft lost contact with the ground radar when it was 151 nautical miles east of Chennai. The aircraft had taken a left turn with rapid loss of height from 23,000 feet. The disappearance of the Russian-made AN-32 twin engine turboprop transport aircraft kicked off India’s biggest search operation yet for a missing plane on the sea. 


Despite massive search operation by the Navy, Indian Air Force, and Coast Guard the aircraft and the passengers on board could not be traced. Indian Navy and Coast Guard ships were deployed for scanning the surface of the sea as part of the search operations after the aircraft went off radar. Also, data from Indian satellites was scanned to locate the missing aircraft. The aircraft was not fitted with an underwater locator beacon, which made the search operations even more difficult.


 Consequently in September, all the 29 people on board the AN-32 plane were declared “presumed dead”. Flt Lt Deepika was a dedicated soldier with deep desire to serve the nation, however her life was cut short and and a committed soldier was lost in the line of duty. Flt Lt Deepika thus unfortunately disappeared in the same sky where she always wished to fly.

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  • kumar Gautam

    2017at5:00 pm Reply

    may god help her family….. she was the honour of our nation and will be always……

  • kumar Gautam

    2017at5:01 pm Reply

    Bhagwan unki aatma ko santi de…..

  • रौनक रंजन यादव

    2017at7:34 am Reply

    Bahut hi dukhad ghatna me hmne apne ek bahadur beti ko kho diya RIP
    Jai Hind Vande Mataram

  • satish singh

    2017at5:02 pm Reply

    Jay hind Jay Bharat Vande matram mere bade bhai bhi desh ki seema par aatkbadiyo say ladte hue Sheedh Ho gye Sheedh Babaloo Singh

  • JAgdish Soni

    2018at5:08 pm Reply

    Salute to Flight Lieutenant Deepika Sheoran .. God give enough strength to family to bear such Unrepairable loss..JAi Hind..


    2018at12:57 pm Reply


  • Dy Comdt Yougender Rana

    2019at10:56 pm Reply

    May god give peace to martyr and power to Dalal and ger family members to bear with loss of braveheart..
    Jai hind

  • Dy Comdt Yougender Rana

    2019at10:58 pm Reply

    May God bless peace to martyr and give power to Dalal and her family members to bear with loss of braveheart.


    2019at1:58 pm Reply

    My salute to this brave young woman

  • yogendra singh

    2020at10:42 pm Reply

    nation will forever indebted for your sacrifice didi.

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