Birth Place : Udaipur, Rajasthan

Service: Navy

Last Rank: Lieutenant

Unit: INAS 310

Date of Martyrdom: March 24, 2015

Lt Abhinav Nagori

Lt Abhinav Nagori from Udaipur was the first in his family to join the Navy. Lt Nagori was commissioned in the Navy on July 25, 2012 after having spent six months in INA and completing a year of pilot training in the Air Force Academy.  He had stints at the Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala (INA) in Kerala, Air Force Station (AFS), Yelahanka in Karnataka and Air Force Academy (AFA), Dundigal near Hyderabad.


Lt Nagori did his engineering from SJB Institute of Technology in Bengaluru and passed out in 2008. After completion of engineering in electronics, he received many job offers but he dropped all of them and opted to join the Navy, his first love.


Lt Abhinav was an avid swimmer and a nature lover, so much so that he used to treat the plants as his kids.  Abhinav was also fond of cooking since his childhood. Along with swimming, cycling, and cooking, Abhinav loved music too and had a violin which he learned through the internet and played musical notes in the house.


Lt Nagori was the co-pilot of the ill-fated Navy Dornier that crashed around 20 nautical miles southwest of Goa. He along with Lt Shekhawat, an observer, died in the crash, while the pilot Commander Nikhil Joshi miraculously survived the crash rescued by a fisherman, who spotted his unconscious body drifting away in the sea.


Dornier Crash: 24th March 2015

On 24th March 2015, the aircraft Dornier-228 was on a surveillance training mission with a competent and experienced team of Lt Kiran Shekhawat, co-pilot Lt Abhinav Nagori and Commander Nikhil Joshi on board. But the Dornier aircraft lost contact with air traffic control 25 nautical miles off Goa coast during the mission. A sudden and unforeseen technical snag appeared to have developed that caused the crash. Indian Navy launched a massive rescue operation by way of search ships, helicopters and Naval divers. The Navy divers on 27th March 2015 recovered the body of Lieutenant Abhinav Nagori from the fuselage of the crashed Dornier aircraft from a depth of 50-60 meters off Goa coast. While the pilot, Commander Nikhil Joshi was rescued by a fisherman.
Lt Abihnav  Nagori was a brave and committed soldier, besides being an ace pilot. But the life of this valiant son of India was cut short by this ill fated crash.

Tributes By Lt Abhinav Nagori’s friends :

  • “Lt Abhinav Nagori was a friend I will miss terribly. He was one soul I could call anytime for any help. He was a very cheerful guy, who could fix your mood anytime,” recalled one of his course mates, now working with the Indian Air Force (IAF).
  • He had an officer-like thinking all the way According to his course mate now with the IAF, Lt Abhinav always approached the challenges wearing an officer’s cap much before he was commissioned. “When given any task he would make a face and act like he could never do it. But, he surprised his seniors with solutions far superior than them. He always had an innovative approach towards life,” recalled one of his friends, who had flying training together. Lt Nagori’s dream was to get married to a good girl and get his parents with him to live happily. “He missed his parents a lot,” his friend added.
  • At AFA Hyderabad, once Lt Abhinav willingly lied to his seniors so that he could take all the punishment on behalf of his colleagues. “We were getting picked for the incomplete Blue Books and Lt Nagori lied to an officer that it was his instruction to complete them on the next date. He took all punishments with a smile,” said his friend.
  • A musical wake-up call to his friends playing guitar Himanshu Jain from Delhi, a room-mate of Lt Nagori said his pilot friend was an exceptionally-talented student who would never say no to any challenging circumstances thrown at him. “He never shied away from dreaming big; he was always certain of what he wanted to achieve and that kept him motivated 24×7. He aspired to be an engineer who would be known for his innovations and contribution to society. He never craved for offer letters from big MNCs, like most of us did. He would make robots by himself, learn the guitar without any tutor and cook his own food,” recalled Himanshu, now working in an MNC. According to Himanshu, Lt Nagori would often give wake-up calls to all his friends in the hostel by playing his guitar. “It was very annoying to wake up so early, but his soulful and musical way of waking us up helped a lot, or else we would have missed many classes,” said Himanshu.
  • Lt Nagori did his engineering from SJB Institute of Technology in Bengaluru and he was from the 2008 batch. His friends say that the moment he got an opportunity to join the Indian Navy, he was confident that his moment of reckoning had come. “He was in love with the Navy. Last time I had a chat with him, he told me about his new bicycle and his squash sessions. He also told me that he has completely turned out to be a fitness freak,” said Himanshu. “I will miss him all through my life. May his soul, rest in peace. Someday, I am sure to catch up with him on the other side of the fence,” he added.
  • He always had a dream of serving the nation Chandan Nagraj, now working with an MNC in Bengaluru, says that Lt Nagori used to mingle with people very easily. “He was a sensible person and knew how to behave according to the situation. The unforgettable moment for him and to all of us was him clearing the SSC and getting selected for the Indian Navy,” said Chandan, one of his close friends.
  • Lt Nagori was fond of music and often tried to experiment some innovative numbers on his guitar. Lt Abhinav Nagori loved biking “One day he took me to his flat and introduced me to his parents via Skype. He told his parents that I was a very close friend, and a local chap who always helped him. He was good at sports, very adventurous and had a dream of serving the nation. He will stay in our hearts forever,” recalled Chandan Anshul Saxena, now working as a civil engineer in Bengaluru, was junior to Lt Abhinav, but recalls about a conversation he had before the tragic accident. “On March 25 afternoon we had a chat over the phone and he wanted us to be there in Goa. We were all planning to be with him during the first week of April. I am shattered now,” said Anshul.
  •  “He was a very jovial guy. I remember when the Indian Navy officials came to our campus for recruitment. He was sure that he would make it and indeed he cleared all the rounds. He was very passionate about Indian defence,” said Siddarth, hailing from Delhi and preparing for the Civil Services exams.
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  • Satish Kumar

    2019at3:02 pm Reply

    My Salute and Honor to the young officers May his soul rest in peace

  • Tharun reddy

    2019at12:12 am Reply

    My salute and honor to the young dynamic brave officers lt abhinav nagori and lt kiran shekhawat may soul rest in peace…. Jaihind

  • Pranjali Goyal

    2020at5:25 pm Reply

    May his soul rest in peace. We are with the family if they need any support.

  • Arpit

    2021at3:16 pm Reply

    Glad to know you personally Guppy. May your soul rest in peace and may god bless your family. Jai Hind!

  • Shruthi Jaishankar

    2021at7:16 pm Reply

    You are our nation’s pride. Immense respect and heartfelt gratitude. Jai Hind

    • Chandan S.K.

      2021at6:56 am

      My respectful salute from my bottom of my heart for Lt. Abhinav Nagori and Lt. Kiran shekhawat sir may ur soul rest in peace,, I wish u gonna hv one more chance to serve India in ur next breath,,. Jai Hind

  • Srilalitha N

    2021at11:40 pm Reply

    India Lost Such a Talented Pilot due to Technical Snag caused in the Air Craft. Our Heart felt Gratitude & Respect to the Family members. Our Sincerely Prayers to the Family of the Pilot.

  • Srividhya S

    2021at6:21 pm Reply

    Your courage and commitment, things would have been so much different for us and words will not be enough for the sacrifice you have done for the nation.
    We Indians are proud of you…
    True hero of this nation and the universe..

  • Srividhya S

    2021at6:32 pm Reply

    You are our nation’s pride. Immense respect and heartfelt gratitude. Jai Hind

  • Swayambhu Shukla

    2021at11:17 am Reply

    Great respect for him.

    Om shanti.

    I just come to know about this great personality, who is a alumni of the same college in which I’m in, by his batchmate Chandan G Sir.

  • Neetish Sharma

    2022at8:54 pm Reply

    My salute to one my buddies from college. Have a lot of memories with him and every once in a while miss those college days. We went to SSB together, while I was conference out , he made it to the navy. Wish I was with him , we were always in contact even when he was posted in goa. This news came as a shock to all of us. Miss u mere bhai.

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