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Air India pilot Deepak Sathe cremated with state honours

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Roshneesh Kmaneck
Last updated on: August 11, 2020 18:50 IST
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Wing Commander Deepak Sathe (retired), pilot-in-command of the Air India Express plane that crashed in Kerala last week, was cremated in Mumbai on Tuesday with state honours.

IMAGE: Wife Sushma Sathe, younger son Dhananjay Sathe (blue shirt) and elder son Shantanu (black shirt) pay their last respects to Wing Commander Deepak Sathe (retired) before his cremation at Tagore Nagar (Vikhroli) crematorium in Mumbai. Photograph: Mitesh Bhuvad/PTI Photo

Several mourners lined up the road as the funeral procession started from his residence in Chandivli.

The last rites were performed at the Tagore Nagar electric crematorium in Vikhroli in presence of some of his relatives.

 

The number of people allowed to attend the last rites was restricted in view of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Relatives, friends and others, including Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar, paid floral tributes at his residence before the final procession began.

Slogans of "amar rahe" were raised when his body was being taken to the crematorium from the residence.

IMAGE: Police personnel pay gun salute to Wing Commander Deepak Sathe (retired) during his funeral ceremony at Tagore Nagar (Vikhroli) crematorium in Mumbai. Photograph: Mitesh Bhuvad/PTI Photo

Earlier in the day, Maharashtra Government decided to accord a state funeral to the pilot, and said his life shall inspire young pilots.

The flight from Dubai with 190 people, including a six-member crew, overshot the tabletop runway during landing at the Kozhikode airport in heavy rain on Friday, killing 18 people, including both the pilots.

Sathe's body was flown on Sunday and was kept at the Air India facility near Terminal 2 of the Chhatrapati Shivaji international airport for some time before being taken to Bhabha Hospital in Bandra.

On Tuesday morning, the body was brought from the hospital to the family home in Chandivli.

IMAGE: Family members and Air India staff pay homage to Captain Deepak Sathe who died during a crash at Kozhikode International Airport on Friday night, at the airport in Mumbai. Photograph: Mitesh Bhuvad/PTI Photo

Residents of the housing complex paid tributes to the pilot. Some were seen saluting him from their balconies.

The pilot's father, Colonel Vasant Sathe (retd), 87, and mother Neela, 83, were present at the Chandivli residence. They reside in Nagpur and reached Mumbai on Monday.

The pilot's United States-based elder son Shantanu also reached Mumbai on Monday for the last rites. He, along with his mother Sushma and younger brother Dhananjay, were in tears as the last rites were performed shortly after noon.

IMAGE: Air India staff members pay tribute to the mortal remains to Air India Express pilot Captain Deepak Sathe, who died during a crash at Kozhikode International Airport on Friday night, at the airport in Mumbai. Photograph: Mitesh Bhuvad/PTI Photo

A wreath was placed on behalf of the Indian Air Force, where Sathe was a test pilot before joining Air India.

Pilots, cabin crew and others in the aviation sector also participated in the final journey.

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