Deepak Vasant Sathe, one of the two pilots of the Air India Express plane that skidded off the runway while landing and broke into pieces at Karipur Airport was a former Indian Air Force pilot who flew planes for Air India before he went on to Air India Express flights. He died among the 16.
He was an award-winning pilot who was described as very experienced in flying Boeing 737 planes.
“He was very professional and was awarded the 58 NDA President Gold Medal. He had been a test pilot for the Air Force,” said an officer.
Captain Sathe flew Airbus 310s for Air India. He won the sword of honour at the Air Force Academy and was an accomplished fighter pilot.