Service No : 32441 F(P)

Date of Birth : Aug 16, 1989

Birth Place : Bareilly

Service: Air Force

Last Rank : Flight Lieutenant

Unit : 115 HU AF

Date of Martyrdom : Jul 4, 2017

Flt Lt Pramod Kumar Singh

Flt Lt Pramod Kumar Singh hailed from Agra in Uttar Pradesh and was trained as a helicopter pilot in the Air Force. Though trained on various helicopters,  Flt Lt Pramod Kumar Singh was flying Dhruv Advance Light Helicopter(ALH) during 2016-17. Son of Mr Ram Niwas Singh and Mrs Pushpa Singh, Flt Lt PK Singh was passionate about flying and loved his machine, the ALH helicopter. In a short span of his service career, Flt Lt PK Singh had evolved into an ace pilot and gained expertise in various air operations.


During 2016-17, Flt Lt PK Singh was serving with 115 HU AF based at Air Force station Tezpur in Assam. During July 2017, parts of North East faced torrential rains and land slides necessitating massive rescue operations. Flt Lt PK Singh’s unit was entrusted with the job of providing help to the beleaguered civilians in the inaccessible areas of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.


Helicopter Crash: 4th July 2017


As part of ongoing rescue operations in Assam and parts of Arunachal Pradesh, 115 HU unit had planned a number of sorties on 04 July 2017. One ALH of the unit tasked for the operation was being flown by Flt Lt Pramod Kumar Singh and his commanding officer Wing Commander Mandeep Singh Dhillon. The two pilots carried out sorties to rescue stranded people at Sagalee village following major landslides in Papum Pare district in Arunachal Pradesh. The pilots continued their missions despite inclement weather conditions as precious civilian lives had to be saved.


Flt Lt Pramod Kumar Singh and Wg Cdr Mandeep Singh Dhillon carried out 5 sorties during the day rescuing over 100 people trapped in remote areas. As the day progressed the weather deteriorated further making the task of the flying crew riskier. When Flt Lt Pramod Kumar Singh and Wg Cdr Mandeep Singh Dhillon came for their sixth sortie the weather had turned hostile to the extent that they decided not to take the civilians on-board and risk their lives. The ALH took off for the return journey only with flying crew but  the helicopter lost communication with the ground — the Air Traffic Control (ATC) in Chabua in Assam, minutes after it took off from Sagalee village. It was evacuating people from Sagalee to the helipad at Naharlagun near Itanagar. The rescue teams of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Arunachal Pradesh Police were formed to trace the helicopter but the rescue operation was called off due to the bad weather. The wreckage of the helicopter was found on Wednesday 5 July 2017 in Sopo Yuha, near Hostalen village, about 30 Kms from Itanagar.


Flt Lt Pramod Kumar Singh, Wg Cdr Mandeep Singh Dhillon and flight Gunner Sgt Gujjar could not survive the crash and laid down their lives in the service of the nation. Flt Lt Pramod Kumar Singh is survived by his wife Sqn Ldr Aditi Jain who too served in the IAF as a short service commissioned officer and served the nation as her husband would have liked her to do.

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  • Shweta Jain

    2018at11:11 am Reply

    There are certain losses which if cannot be recovered at any cost, this is one of them. I am honoured as a small part of your life and very happy that i know a great man like you. May your soul rest in peace . There are very few people who get honour to do something for the nation n people and you are one of them. Will always miss you n this loss cannot be filled or recovered by any thing.

  • Aninditi Sharma

    2018at11:20 am Reply

    We can’t thank you enough for the sacrifice you made. You are always in our thoughts and prayers.. Me and Jijo Miss you PK.

  • Praveen kumar

    2018at11:30 am Reply

    They say heaviest thing in this world is the coffin of younger brother or son.. never knew will have to carry one. Flt Lt pramod (nda B 120) was brother to all of us , it’s just we were brothers by blood too…

    He was a brave. Lived like one & laid down his life like one.. his CO & he were on rescue operation.. wg cdr dhillon was an ace heptr pilot.. & this being a difficult sortie because of inclement weather & ongoing floods & landslides, he decided to go for sortie himself.
    Both of them rescued some 160 odd people in 6 sorties which they took.. Also they didn’t risk the lives of civilians..

    The loss is tragic & unbearable…
    But pramod u lived like a brave throughout.. & laid down your life doing what u loved the most.. it was dad’s dream that one of his son becomes a pilot.. which I couldn’t fulfil…. But u did…

    They say soldiers never die, they just regroup & reorg up there too… I hope u r having a gr8 time with ur crew..

    Love you bro .
    Miss you..

  • Dushyant

    2018at11:35 am Reply

    We will always miss you , you was very special person , so humble down to earth ,i always miss your smile , we all are proud of you , for you only sky is the limit , only God has answere of some question , people like you never go any where ,you will remain in our hearts for ever ,big salute to you our real hero Pramodh ….jai hind

  • Amita &Ajeet Agarwal

    2018at11:42 am Reply

    Martyrs are symbols of exceptional leadership and heroism in the face of difficult circumstances. There is no greater sacrifice known to man than to lay down one’s life in the defense of the nation.

  • Dr Anjali Gupta

    2018at12:49 pm Reply

    An irreparable loss that occurs to the family but it is not easy to give up your life for safety of others .All live for their interests and benefits but few have guts to live and give up their life for security of the country and its people We are so proud of him .Time we had with them him is something to cherish and remember through out our lives.We will always remember his smile.

  • Anshuman Arya

    2018at1:24 pm Reply

    It’s very disheartening to hear this. I knew Flight Lieutenant Pramod in school, Army School Bathinda, where I was classmates with his elder brother Praveen, who is also currently a serving officer in Indian Army. Both brothers were excellent in studies as well as sports. Toppers and the most humble about their achievements. All our teachers were always sure that these two brothers would excel in anything they set their minds to, as they have. My most heartful condolences to uncle and aunty, who must feel the burden of the loss, to all family and colleagues, who must have seen this boy reach new heights everyday they knew him. May his soul rest in peace. Jai Hind.

  • Sneh Deep

    2018at4:51 pm Reply

    You were a source of inspiration for all of us. I wish I could do even 10% of what you did. You are my hero brother.

  • Meenakshi singhal

    2018at5:49 pm Reply

    Salute to you pramod..I didn’t get enough time with you but good enough to know what a fantastic person you were. Really proud of having had you as family.. Will always remember you.


    2018at6:43 pm Reply

    He will be in our heart always.
    Kuch log mil bhi jayen , Miiti mein rakh ban ke.
    Ya ho jayen fannah dafan mein , Mit Te nahi voh dilo ke Chaman se.
    We miss u PK.

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