Place of birth : Meerut, Uttar Pradesh

Last Rank : Squadron Leader

Unit : 23 Sqn AF

Arm/Regt : Indian Air Force

Martyrdom : May 21, 2021

Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary

Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary hailed from Pusar village in Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh. Son of Shri Satyendra Chaudhary and Smt Satya Chaudhary, he had a sister Mudrika as his sibling. He had a strong desire to join the armed forces right from his childhood, which grew along with his age. After completing his initial schooling from Meerut, he got selected to join the prestigious Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) Dehradun. It was at this place, that the foundation of his future military career was laid. Subsequently he got selected for the NDA and joined it in the year 2010. He joined the "R" Squadron in NDA and excelled in various activities during his training period. He passed out of NDA as part of 124th course in the year 2013. 

 

Later he was commissioned into the Indian Air Force in the fighter stream from  Air Force Academy (AFA) in the year 2014. He underwent multi-phases flying training and got trained as a fighter pilot. After completing his training, he got posted to the Air Force base at Pathankot. He joined the fighter squadron at the base, operating MiG-21 Bison aircraft. After serving for few years, he got married to Ms Sonika Ujjaval on 25 Dec 2019. By 2021, he had put in around 7 years of service and had been promoted to the rank of Squadron Leader. By that time Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary had evolved into a professionally competent fighter pilot with substantial experience in various air operations. 

 

MiG-21  Aircraft Crash: 21 May 2021 

 

During May 2021, Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary was serving with 23 Sqn, known as 'Panthers" based at Air Force Station Suratgarh in Rajasthan. 23 Squadron was formed at Pune in the year 1956 with the de Havilland Vampires with Sqn Ldr Kanwar Singh as its first commanding officer. Later it was armed with Gnat aircraft in 1960s and eventually Mig-21 Bison. During peacetime training is one of the most important activities of IAF which helps it to remain prepared to take on any eventuality. A war-like situation is created in the air for the pilots to practice and remain updated. Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary too was undertaking training sorties to practice complex air operations on a regular basis. On 20 May 2021, Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary was undertaking another such sortie.

 

Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary took off from Air Force Station Suratgarh as planned for the night mission on 20 May 2021. However the aircraft developed some serous technical snag and Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary had no choice but to eject. The aircraft was seen circling over the fields in Langeana village in Moga district in Punjab before coming down. Sqn Ldr Abhinav Choudhary  using his flying skills probably tried to manoevre the aircraft away from residential area of the village to minimize the loss of life and property. But eventually the aircraft crashed near Langeana village at around 0100 Hrs on 21 May 2021. However Sqn Ldr Abhinav Choudhary could not survive the crash and succumbed to his injuries. His body was found 2 km away from the crash spot after an intense search of nearly four hours. His parachute was found open and an SOS was also sent from his device to IAF, but he had lost the battle of life by then. He tried to land safely using the parachute, but apparently broke his neck and spinal cord. Sqn Ldr Abhinav Choudhary was a committed soldier and a gallant air warrior who laid  down his life in the service of the nation. 

 

Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary is survived by his by his father Shri Satyendra Chaudhary, mother Smt Satya Chaudhary, wife Smt Sonika Ujjaval and sister Mudrika.

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8 Comments
  • Vaibhav chaudhary

    2021at10:02 pm Reply

    Big salute to brave heart…..Jai hind!..

  • Nema Ram Suthar Indian Air Force

    2021at11:15 pm Reply

    Salutes to the braveheart Hero, Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chowdhury F (P), who laid down his life for the honour of nation and made supreme sacrifice while on night flying sortie in MiG-21 Bison fighter aircraft from Suratgarh air base. His aircraft got crashed due to technical snags. Jai Hind.

    • Harmanpreet Singh

      2021at6:04 am

      Condolences to all friends and family of this great hero.
      Salute to your sacrifice.

  • Laxman Singh

    2021at10:36 pm Reply

    Grand salute to braveheart. Big loss to nation…. Jai Ho

    • Bhuvneshwari singh

      2021at7:32 am

      Abhinav u r always be alive in our hearts……brave bachcha ….we will miss u ……..I met Abhinav in 2013
      During their training at NDA

  • Aveek

    2021at2:22 pm Reply

    Big salute to you fighter…

  • VINEET KUMAR

    2021at2:06 pm Reply

    माटी के पुतले जिस्म में जब तक ईमान जिंदा है तब तक मेरे देश की तरक्की का अरमान जिंदा है ना वादों पर भरोसा है ना भाषण से उम्मीदें हैं शहीदों की बदौलत मेरा हिंदुस्तान जिंदा है।
    वन्दे मातरम्
    Inqulaab zindabaad

    • Rakesh

      2021at10:00 am

      Salute sir

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