Service No : 30820-B

Place of Birth : Nashik(Maharashtra)

Service: Air Force

Last Rank : Sqn Ldr

Unit : 154 HU AF

Date of Martyrdom : 27 Feb 2019

Sqn Ldr Ninad Mandavgane

Sqn Ldr Ninad Mandavgane hailed from Nashik in Maharashtra. Son of Shri Anil Mandavgane and Smt Sushma Mandavgane Sqn Ldr Ninad was born in 1986.  Sqn Ldr Ninad Mandavgane completed his schooling from Bhonsala Military School, Nashik and later he did his 11th and 12th standard from Aurangabad Military Institute. Sqn Ldr Ninad had the inclination to join the Armed Forces since his childhood and continued to pursue his dream after completing his schooling. Subsequently, he got selected for the prestigious NDA at Pune and was commissioned into the Indian Air Force in 2009. He got selected to join the flying branch of the IAF and underwent training to become a helicopter pilot.


After completing his flying training he got posted to various operational Air Force bases and gained expertise in diverse air operations. He served at Air Forces bases at Guwahati in Assam and Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh before being posted to the Air Force base at Srinagar in Kashmir. He also got promoted to the rank of Sqn Ldr in 2015. By 2019, Sqn Ldr Ninad Mandavgane had put in about ten years of service in the IAF and evolved into an ace helicopter pilot having professional competence in various air operations. In 2019, Sqn Ldr Ninad got posted to 154 Helicopter Unit based at the Air Force base in Srinagar. His unit was operating MI-17 transport helicopter, extensively used for air transport and logistics operations. Sqn Ldr Ninad got married to Vijeta and the couple had a daughter Vedita.


MI-17 Air Crash: 27 Feb 2019


During Feb 2019, Sqn Ldr Ninad Mandavgane’s unit was operating from the Air Force base at Srinagar and was responsible to undertake air transport and logistics operations in support of the Army as well as IAF operations in J & K. On 27 Feb 2019, Sqn Ldr Ninad Mandavgane along with his co-pilot Sqn Ldr Sidharth Vashisht and four other crew members including Sgt Vikrant Sehrawat, Cpl Pankaj Kumar, Cpl Deepak Pandey and Cpl Vishal Kumar Pandey were tasked for an operational mission. The crew after having gone through their preparatory checks got ready to take off as per the operational plan.


The aircraft took off as planned at 1000 hrs but soon after flying for nearly 10 minutes crashed in an open field near Garend Kalaan village in Budgam district about 10 km from the Srinagar International Airport. The helicopter broke into pieces and caught fire which made it impossible to save the crew members. All six valiant air warriors could not survive and laid down their lives in the service of the nation. Sqn Ldr Ninad Mandavgane was a valiant and highly competent air warrior who displayed grit, resoluteness, commitment and devotion to duty during every operational mission assigned to him.


Sqn Ldr Ninad Mandavgane is survived by his father Shri Anil Mandavgane, mother Smt Sushma Mandavgane, wife Vijeta and daughter Vedita.


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  • Sam Gabriel

    2019at11:58 pm Reply

    You are a real super hero Sir, we really admire you for all you’ve done for our nation to retain it’s pride.

  • Saunak Biswas

    2019at5:44 am Reply

    Blues skies Wing Commander Ninad. We will never forget your sacrifice. Our heros, angels and warriors.

  • Vidhi

    2019at12:03 pm Reply

    Truly a legend !
    We thank you, We salute you, We will remember you till the last breath.

  • Vipin Thomas

    2019at12:03 pm Reply

    Dear Sir, we will never forget your sacrifice done for us…you have given us hope for clear skies. We salute you sir..

  • Anantha Rao Sanapathi.

    2021at10:13 am Reply

    Dear Brave Family Members..
    First of all Happy Freedom Day to all in advance….

    I would like to say a Sorry and a Thank you.

    Sorry for the lost we Had.. He may not be with us now. But, He will be there forever in our hearts.

    Thanks, you gave us a brave heart. Everyday we live was torn and brought from his dairy.

    There are no words to convey our gratitude.
    There is no honour to replace your sacrifice.

    Chin Up.. We are proud of him..

    Stay strong, we are with you.

    With Love…

  • Raja Junaid Farooq

    2022at9:32 pm Reply

    Salute to the bravest of the brave. But u didn’t mention the real cause of that crash was a SAM from the same base that was on high alert and mistook the ill-fated halo as the enemy’s one. Led to the death of the Valiants.

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