Lieutenant Commander Rahul Nair was born on November 04, 1976 in Kerala. He was the son of retired Naval officer RM Nair and Saraswati Nair. He was always passionate about flying. During his career, he had flown a number of fighter planes like MiG-21. He was attached to Indian Naval Air Squadron, INAS 551. He had been posted to Mumbai, Chabua, and Goa during the course of his service.
Lt Cdr Nair was very passionate about flying and soon gained enough experience and expertise to get inducted into the Naval Aerobatic team “Sagar Pawan”. The Indian Navy aerobatic team Sagar Pawan was formed in 2003 at Dabolim Naval Air Station in Goa, as the first demonstration was in May 2003. The team flew four HJT-16 Kiran Mk.II planes attached to INAS 551 Squadron, painted in dark blue and white. The planes used white, red and blue smokes.
Kiran Mk II Aircash: 3rd Mar 2010
In March 2010, the aerobatic team “Sagar Pawan”, was tasked to perform in an air show in Hyderabad. On 3 March 2010 one of the Sagar Pawan Kiran Mk. II planes being flown by Cdr Maurya and co-pilot Lt Cdr Rahul Nair crashed onto buildings, as they were doing maneuvers during the show. The accident occurred at Bowenpally area near Begumpet airport of Hyderabad. When all the four planes of the “Sagar Pawan” were performing ‘downward bomb burst’, formation, the aircraft being flown by Lt Cdr Nair and Cdr Maurya failed to pull up and crashed onto the buildings.
Both the pilots were experienced and competent flyers who had flown various operational missions before. But due to some technical snag, they could not control the aircraft at the mission-critical moment and crashed on to the nearby buildings. Lt Cdr Nair managed to eject from the aircraft, but he did not survive as the plane had come too close to the ground for a safe ejection. His parachute didn’t open up fully and got stuck in high tension electric wires, proving fatal for him. The precious life of an accomplished fighter pilot and a committed soldier was lost in this horrific accident.
Lieutenant Commander Rahul Nair is survived by his parents RM Nair and Saraswati Nair, wife Lakshmi and son, Rohan.