Service No : 30394 F(P)
Place of birth : Madurai Dist (TN)
Last Rank : Flight Lieutenant
Unit : 157 HU AF
Arm/Regt : Indian Air Force
Awards : Shaurya Chakra
Martyrdom : June 25, 2013
After passing out from NDA, he went to Air Force Academy (AFA). He got trained as a helicopter pilot, as part of the 183rd Pilots' Course. He passed out from AFA and got commissioned on 27 Jun 2009. He joined the 157 Helicopter Unit, operating Mi-17 helicopters.
For his act, of conspicuous courage, professional competence, and successful execution of a risky mission to save precious lives in hostile weather conditions in an extremely inhospitable environment, Flt Lt Krishnamoorthy Praveen was awarded “Shaurya Chakra” (Posthumously).
Flt Lieutenant Krishnamoorthy Praveen is survived by his mother Smt Manjula.
An article, paying tribute to Flt Lt Krishnamoorthy Praveen in The Hindu News paper:-
Relatives paying tributes to Flt Lt Praveen had said, “Flt Lieutenant Krishnamoorthy Praveen knew it was a daunting task but, all he wanted was to rescue the people who were facing an even worse challenge in their lives. What kept the young Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot going against all odds at Uttarakhand was his sense of duty and the gratifying smile of the rescued pilgrims. “There are no roads, no proper food and punishing weather here. But, we are happy when people thank us after we rescue them. We want to rescue all the people stranded here,” he had told his mother on Tuesday morning. But, barely four hours later, the helicopter he was flying crashed, snuffing out Praveen’s life and 19 others.
Death of a person is always an unbearable loss to his or her family members, but the demise of Praveen has dealt a devastating blow for his mother Manjula, 52, who has toiled as a single mother for 27 years to raise her son after she legally separated from her husband. “She has long stopped crying, but is refusing to speak to anyone,” said Krishnan. An office superintendent in the Southern Railway, Manjula had all her hope of future pinned on Praveen. Manjula was keen on getting her son married soon and was seeking alliances for him. “No one could console her. Everything in her life revolved around Praveen,” says another relative. Manjula’s aged parents N Chinnasamy, 85 and Seetha, 80, are also devastated. “We don’t know whom to console. They have not taken food ever since they got the news of Praveen’s death on Tuesday night,” Vipin said breaking into tears, telling about his cousin “He had participated in several rescue missions in the last five years of his service. But he would not share the difficulties at all. Even this time, he never dwelt much on the difficulties the armed forces were facing. He went to Uttarakhand four days back, but whenever he would call us he would narrate only the plight of the people there,”.