Service No: 30747-L

Place of Birth: Veliyathunadu, Kerala

Service: Air Force

Last Rank: Flying Officer

Unit: 108 Sqn AF

Date of Martyrdom : Aug 02, 2011

Flying Officer M Suraj Pillai

Flying Officer M. Suraj Pillai (24) was Born in East Veliyathunadu near Aluva, in Cochin district of Kerala. His family consisted of his parents  Mohan Pillai and Vasantha Pillai and a sister, Sneha who worked as an air-hostess. Suraj completed his schooling in Mumbai and joined the Air Force through the National Defence Academy (NDA). He always wanted to join the Air Force as a fighter pilot and his dream came true when he was selected for training to become a combat pilot.
MiG-21 aircraft Crash: 02 Aug 2011
After his grueling training as a fighter pilot, he was posted to a combat fighter squadron in a forward air base at Bikaner in Rajasthan. As part of the training, the pilots in fighter squadrons carry out combat maneuvers on a daily basis to maintain the preparedness required for any future combat mission. On 02 Aug 2011, Flying Officer M. Suraj Pillai was practicing a circuit of “overshoot” (touch-and-take-off) maneuver as part of his combat training, when his  Type 96 MiG-21 aircraft crashed while aligning with the runway during landing. Fg Off Pillai could not survive in the crash and a precious soldier was lost in the service of the nation.
Flying Officer M. Suraj Pillai is survived by his father, Mohan Pillai, mother, Vasantha Pillai and sister Sneha Pillai.
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