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IAF's 1st all-women crew fly Mi-17 in training mission

May 28, 2019 00:32 IST

IMAGE: From left, Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal, Flt Lt Parul Bhardwaj, Flying Officer Aman Nidhi and Squadron Leader Richa Adhikari. Photograph: @IAF_MCC/ Twitter

Three women officers of the Indian Air Force on Monday made history as they became the country's first 'All Women Crew' to fly a Medium Lift Helicopter.

They flew a Mi-17 V5 helicopter for a Battle Inoculation Training mission.

"Flt Lt Parul Bhardwaj (Captain), Flying Officer Aman Nidhi (Co-pilot) and Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal (Flight Engineer) have become country's first 'All Women Crew' to fly a Medium Lift Helicopter.

 

"They flew a Mi-17 V5 helicopter for a Battle Inoculation Training mission taking off and landing from restricted areas at a forward airbase in South Western Air Command," an IAF release said.

Squadron Leader Richa Adhikari gave the pre-flight certification to the helicopter.

Flt Lt Parul Bhardwaj hails from Mukerian in Punjab and is incidentally also the first woman pilot to fly the Mi-17 V5.

Flying Officer Aman Nidhi hails from Ranchi and is also the first woman IAF pilot from Jharkhand.

Flt Lt Hina Jaiswal hails from Chandigarh and is the first woman Flight Engineer of the Indian Air Force.

The Pilots had undergone their basic Flying training at the 'Helicopter Training School' at Air Force Station Hakimpet followed by advanced training at Air Force Station Yelahanka.

The helicopter was certified airworthy by Sqn Ldr Richa Adhikari the unit Engineering officer.

This is yet another achievement of women officers in the IAF.

Source: ANI
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