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Captain DV Sathe 'Sacrificed' His Life by Saving Many Lives in Air India Plane Crash

 Captain DV Sathe 'Sacrificed' His Life by Saving Many Lives in Air India Plane Crash

Wing Commander Captain Deepak Vasant Sathe lost his life on Friday when an Air India Express flight he commanded skidded off the Karipur Airport runway in Kozhikode. The flight which took off from Dubai was part of the Vande Bharat repatriation mission for expatriates from the UAE.

The first report of death in the tragic incident was that of the pilot. Captain DV Sathe was accompanied by Captain Akhilesh Kumar as co-pilot, who was seriously injured and moved for treatment but was later reported dead. 18 deaths in total have been reported until now.

Officials said the plane did not catch fire or the casualties would have been higher. 

Calicut International Airport is of a table top type airport. If one plane skidded off, there will be more chances to the explosion of the plane. But here DV Sathe's expertise efforts avoided the explosion and saved many lives.

Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said it was raining heavily when pilots of the Boeing 737 plane from Dubai tried to land. According to reports, the plane continued to run at a high speed and skidded off the runway when the pilots tried to stop it.

Unconfirmed reports are now coming in suggesting that Captain Sathe turned off the engine right before the crash, saving the lives of his passengers and the cabin crew. Preliminary inputs indicate that the fuselage broke into two after the aircraft overshot the runway during its second attempt to land at the Karipur 'tabletop' airport.

Air India Plane Crash--splitted into two

The regulator said after landing at Runway 10, the plane continued running till the end of the runway and fell into the valley and broke into two portions.

Who was he?

Captain DV Sathe was an Indian Air Force retiree and a senior Wing Commander who hailed from the state of Maharashtra. With over 30 years of flying experience, he reportedly graduated from the 58th course of the National Defence Academy.

Sathe reportedly went on to graduate with a 'Sword of Honour' from the Air Force Academy. The 'Sword of Honour' is awarded to the cadet first in the order of merit when passing from national service training academies including those of the defence, navy or the air force. 

Sathe was commissioned with the Indian Air Force in 1981 and retired in 2003 as an ace test pilot, Indian outlets reported. With Air India, he reportedly flew the Airbus 310 before taking on Boeing 737 commercial flights for Air India Express.

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