Service No : 27472 F(P)

Date of Birth : 1981

Place of birth : Dwarka, New Delhi

Last Rank : Wing Commander

Unit : 157 HU AF

Arm/Regt : Indian Air Force

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Martyrdom : October 6, 2017

Wg Cdr Vikas Upadhyay

Wing Commander Vikas Upadhyay hailed from Dwarka in New Delhi and was born in the year 1981.  He completed his training from the National Defence Academy (102 Course) and went to the Air Force Academy for further training. He was commissioned into the Indian Air Force in June 2003. He got trained as a helicopter pilot and passed out as part of 171st Pilots' Course.  On completing of his training he got posted to the field units, where he gained experience in operating various types of aircraft in his initial years of service.


By 2017, Wg Cdr Vikas Upadhyay had evolved into an ace helicopter pilot having expertise in various air operations. In 2017, he was serving with a helicopter unit based under Eastern Air Command of the IAF.  Wg Cdr Vikas Upadhyay’s unit was operating MI-17 transport helicopter, extensively used for air transport and logistics operations. Wg Cdr Vikas Upadhyay got married to an Air Force officer S Tejaswini, who later retired as a Squadron Leader after completing her short service stint with the IAF.


Air Maintenance Operation: 06 Oct 2017


During October 2017, Wg Cdr Vikas Upadhyay was serving with 157 HU AF unit , equipped with Mi-17 V5 Helicopter and was based at  Air Force Station Barrackpore in West Bengal.  At that time a number of Indian army units were deployed at many far-flung areas in the northeast sector where no motorable roads existed. The most of the supplies to these units were dependent on airdrops, undertaken by Indian Air Force as Air Maintenance operations. Wg Cdr Vikas Upadhyay was tasked for one such air maintenance mission as captain of the aircraft on 6th October 2017.  Wg Cdr Vikas Upadhyay had with him, Squadron Leader Shishir Tewari as his co-pilot, Master Warrant Officer A K Singh and Sergeant Satish Kumar as his flight gunners and Sergeant Gautam Kumar as the flight engineer. Besides the air crew two Army personnel Sepoy H N Deka and Sepoy E Balaji were also detailed to be part of the air maintenance mission.


Wg Cdr Vikas Upadhyay and Sqn Ldr  Shishir Tewari along with five other personnel in their Mi-17 V5 helicopter took off from Khirmu helipad in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh on 06 Oct 2017.  The flight path of the sortie was vulnerable to dangerous weather changes, but Wg Cdr Vikas Upadhyay and Sqn Ldr Shishir Tewari were experienced pilots and had handled many such situations earlier.  As the aircraft was on Air maintenance sortie, it was carrying supplies to the forward posts in Topokhar near the Yangste area. This was the second air maintenance sortie of the day for the aircraft in that forward area.  At around 6 AM , as the supplies were being dropped in the dropping zone about 120 kms north of Tawang, the net holding the jerry cans of kerosene being offloaded, got entangled in the aircraft’s rear rotor. As a result, the chopper caught fire instantly and crashed, giving no chance to the pilots to take any action. Wg Cdr Vikas Upadhyay and all other 6 on-board military personnel including Sqn Ldr Shishir Tewari, MWO A K Singh, Sgt Satish Kumar, Sgt Gautam Kumar, Sep H N Deka and Sep E Balaji, could not survive the crash. 


Wg Cdr  Vikas Upadhyay was a professionally competent pilot and a committed soldier, who laid down his life in the service of the nation. Wg Cdr Vikas Upadhyay is survived by his wife Sqn Ldr S Tejaswini (Retd) and daughter Aadya.

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  • Divyang Gupta

    2022at4:31 pm Reply

    Love the passion warmth which forces serve our country ….. only regret is machinery is valued then human lives ……

    Salute you sir …

  • Saurabh Mudgal

    2022at4:33 pm Reply

    my dear friend ,

    Miss you ! mate , I didn’t know that i will not able to meet you again until i heard the news about crash .
    Some times when i close my eyes , your image flash . I used to read your emails and last message on whats app.
    You were nice human being and true friend , I wish to have you as my friend in all reincarnations .

    Salute to real life hero .

  • Mohammed zabi

    2022at4:33 pm Reply

    We miss you brother

  • Arul

    2022at4:34 pm Reply

    A real Hero

  • Kshitiz Upadhyay

    2022at4:34 pm Reply

    A big salute to all 7 heroes of our nation. …
    And to my bhai Wg Cdr Vikas Upadhyay, no words to express the loss we had. . Still feeling like this is just a horrifying dream we all are having and everything will be fine after waking up. .. you were a golden heart bhai. Our country and family had lost our precious diamond . .miss you bhai. .
    May their soul rest in peace

  • Dr Rahul goswami

    2022at4:35 pm Reply

    मातृभूमि के इस वीर शहीद को शत-शत नमन
    अपने जीवन मैं बहुत ही सरल और सौम्य व्यक्तित्व को रखते हुए मात्र 36 साल की अल्प आयु मैं वायु सेना मैं जो मुक़ाम आपने हासिल किया वो बहुत सराहनीय है।आपकी कमी तो कभी पूरी नहीं हो पाएगी पर हम सब के दिलों मैं आप और आपकी याद हमेशा जीवित रहेगी ।।ॐशांति।।

  • Shreyas Shetty

    2022at4:36 pm Reply

    Soldiers are always the actual hero’s of a nation, in this case IAF loosing a dedicated competent Wing Commander! R.I.P Vikas Bhaiyya, hats off to you.

  • P Paramasivam

    2022at4:36 pm Reply

    Red salute to all the warriors who have give life for our mighty nation . We need to keep one mt silence as a mark of their dedicated contribution to mother land . We also respect and regards to theor family

  • Gaurav Khandpur

    2022at4:37 pm Reply

    My Co-Bro Vicky was a superman..Never did I ever come across such a humble, patient and a disciplined human being..
    I love u Vicky..
    Will miss u to eternity♥️

  • Meghna bhardwaj

    2022at4:37 pm Reply

    Vikas..u will always be in our hearts! Salute to all the martyrs,who laid down their lives for our motherland!! You all are our real heroes.

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