Place of Birth : Ambala, Haryana
Service: Air Force
Last Rank : Wing Commander
Unit : 154 HU AF
Date of Martyrdom : 27 Feb 2019
Wg Cdr Sidharth Vashisht hailed from Hamidpur village in Naraingarh block of Ambala district in Haryana. Son of an Ex-serviceman Jagdish Kasal, he was youngest and the only son among four siblings. Wg Cdr Sidharth Vashisht was a fourth generation officer as his great grandfather, grandfather and father too served in the armed forces. Of his two maternal uncles, who served in the IAF, the younger one, Wg Cdr Vineet Bharadwaj, also lost his life in a MiG 21 crash in February 2002. Wg Cdr Sidharth nursed the dream of joining the Air Force since his childhood taking inspiration from his uncles.
Wg Cdr Sidharth completed his schooling from Shivalik Public School in Chandigarh and later got graduated from DAV College, Chandigarh. After graduating, he pursued his dream and got selected to join the Air Force through the Combined Defence Services Examination. and joined the Air Force. He was commissioned in the IAF in the flying branch in June 2010 and got trained as a Helicopter pilot. Soon Wg Cdr Sidharth Vashisht gained proficiency in flying skills and proved his mettle in various operations including the rescue operations during Kerala floods in 2018.
By 2019, Wg Cdr Sidharth had put in about eight years of service in the IAF and evolved into an ace helicopter pilot having expertise in various air operations. Later in July 2018, Wg Cdr Sidharth Vashisht 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. Wg Cdr Sidharth Vashisht got married to an Air Force officer Aarti Singh in 2013, and the couple had a son, Angad.
MI-17 Air Crash : 27 Feb 2019
During Feb 2019, Wg Cdr Sidharth’s unit was operating from the Air Force base at Srinagar and was responsible to undertake air transport and logistic operations in support of the Army as well as IAF operations in J & K. On 27 Feb 2019, Wg Cdr Sidharth along with his co-pilot Sqn Ldr Ninad Mandavgane 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 the six valiant air warriors could not survive and laid down their lives in the service of the nation. Wg Cdr Sidharth Vashisht was a committed air warrior and an officer par excellence who displayed grit, determination and devotion to duty during every operation he was assigned.
Wg Cdr Sidharth Vashisht is survived by his wife Sqn Ldr Aarti Singh , son Angad, parents and three sisters.
This profile is currently being maintained by Honourpoint.in. However, we would invite the family members, unit/formation or former colleagues of this brave soldier to contribute additional information and maintain this memorial site as well, thereby assisting us in our endeavour to spread awareness about this great Indian and inspire future generations.
Honourpoint.intakes utmost precaution towards factual correctness of the uploaded data and makes sure that the data is from a credible source. However, we do not take responsibility for authenticity of the content and Honourpoint.inor any of its members cannot be held responsible for any misappropriation of the uploaded content.