Service No : 23787 F(P)
Date of Birth : October 14, 1973
Last Rank : Flight Lieutenant
Unit : 114 HU
Arm/Regt : Indian Air Force
Operation : Op Meghdoot
Martyrdom : October 3, 2000
Flight Lieutenant V Krishnamurthy was born on 14 Oct 1973. He was commissioned into the Indian Air Force on 16 Dec 1995 at the age of 22 years. He joined the flying stream of the IAF and got trained as a helicopter pilot as part of 156th Pilots' Course. By the year 2000, Flt Lt V Krishnamurthy had put in around 5 years of service and evolved into a professionally competent helicopter pilot having expertise in various air operations.
Siachen Operation: 03 Oct 2000
During 2000, Flt Lt V Krishnamurthy was serving with 114 Helicopter Unit known as “Siachen Pioneers.” The unit was operating Cheetah helicopter, which was a single-engine small helicopter used for ferrying personnel and logistics support to far-flung areas. 114 HU was formed at Leh on 01 Apr 1964 with an establishment of 10 Allouette helicopters with Squadron Leader Arvind Dalaya as its first commanding officer. Towards the end of year 1964, the Unit HQ was shifted to Jammu from where a detachment operated in Srinagar till 1975 before shifting back to Jammu. Thereafter the Unit moved back to Leh in 1987 and was maintaining a permanent detachment at Thoise( An acronym for Transit Halt of Indian Soldiers En Route) for Air Maintenance of Siachen Glacier under Operation Meghdoot. During 2000, 114 HU with Wing Commander Aravindra Singh Butola as its commanding officer was undertaking logistic supply and support operations for the army troops deployed in Siachen area. On 03 Oct 2000, Flt Lt V Krishnamurthy was tasked for one such mission.
Flt Lt V Krishnamurthy took off in his Cheetah (SA-315) helicopter and reached the supply area over Siachen. The supply area was prone to enemy ground fire and the pilots faced extreme risk in undertaking the missions in that area. Besides that the pilots had to fly in extreme weather conditions flying at the limits of aircraft performance. On 03 Dec 2000, Flt Lt V Krishnamurthy had to face one such situation and the aircraft suddenly became uncontrollable giving no time to take any emergency measures. Eventually the aircraft crashed and Flt Lt V Krishnamurthy could not survive the crash. Flt Lt V Krishnamurthy was a valiant air warrior and professionally competent pilot who laid down his life at the age of 27 years in the line of his duty.