Service No : 34645 F

Place of Birth : Palwal dist (Har)

Service: Air Force

Last Rank : Flight Lieutenant

Unit : 43 Sqn AF

Date of Martyrdom : 03 Jun 2019

Flt Lt Ashish Tanwar

Flt Lt Ashish Tanwar hailed from Deeghot village in Palwal district of Haryana. After completing his graduation in computer science, he joined the IAF in December 2013. he passed out as part of 195th Course and got commissioned as an IAF pilot in 2015. He got trained as a transport pilot and soon gathered experience in various air-operations. Later, Flt Lt Ashish Tanwar got maried to Flt Lt Sandhya an Air Traffic Controler in the Air Force in the year-2018.


AN-32 Crash (Indo-China Border): 3rd Jun 2019


During Jun 2019, Flt Lt Ashish Tanwar was serving with 43 Sqn AF based in Air Force station Jorhat in Assam. The Sqn was operating AN-32 twin-engine turboprop transport aircraft and was undertaking various air operations including the critical logistic support operations for the army troops deployed in far-flung and inaccessible areas of the North-East. On 3rd Jun 2019,Flt Lt Ashish TanwarTanwar along with his 7 other crew members was tasked for an air support operation. The crew members of the aircraft included Wg Cdr G M Charles Sq Ldr H Vinod, Flt Lt Mohit Garg, Flt Lt Sumit Mohanty, Flt Lt Rajesh Thapa, Warrant Officer KK Mishra and Sergeant Anoop Kumar S. As per the assigned task, the aircraft was to take off from Jorhat IAF base and land at Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh.


Flying in the area with a stretch of deep valleys and high mountains demanded a very high level of flying skills and Wg Cdr G M Charles had the requisite experience and professional expertise to undertake various air operations in the area. As planned the aircraft with 8 crew members and 5 passengers took off from Jorhat at 12:27 pm and lost contact with ground control at 1 pm about 33 minutes after takeoff. Flt Lt Ashish Tanwar’s wife, Flt Lt Sandhya Tanwar was on Air Traffic Controlling duty that time and was one of the first persons to notice the disappearance of the aircraft. The aircraft eventually crashed and the wreckage of the aircraft was found near Pari hills close to Gatte village, 16 km north of Lipo in Arunachal Pradesh, at an elevation of 12,000 feet. The wreckage was recovered 8 days after the crash following a massive rescue operation launched by the security forces. Besides the employment of the Indian Army, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the state police forces, IAF deployed a fleet of Sukhoi-30, C-130J, AN-32 aircraft, MI-17 and ALH helicopters for the rescue operation. Unfortunately Flt Lt Ashish Tanwar and all other crew members could not survive the crash and were martyred. Ft Lt Ashish Tanwar was a competent pilot and a committed air warrior who laid down his life in the line of his duty.


Flt Lt Ashish Tanwar is survived by his mother Mrs Saroj Tanwar and  wife Flt Lt Sandhya Tanwar.

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