Kozhikode air crash: Pilot D V Sathe had served in Mangaluru too

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Aug 9: Captain Deepak Vasanth Sathe, pilot of the ill-fated Air India Express flight that crashed at Karipura airport in Kozhikode on Friday evening, had served for 15 months as pilot in the Air India's base in Mangaluru during 2015-16.

Capt Sathe used to reside in an apartment near Kadri Park, along with his wife, during that period. He had made several friends in the city during his stay. Residents of the apartments where Capt Sathe resided recall that the veteran pilot was known for his simplicity and amiable personality. He was cordial with everyone in the building, they said.

Recalling his association with Capt Deepak Sathe, real estate businessman Lancelot Saldanha said, "Sathe was an able and experienced pilot. He was a very disciplined person and had served in Indian Air Force also."

G B Atri, retired wing commander of IAF recalls that Sathe had worked with him during 1988-90. Atri said that Sathe's last-moment decision to turn off the engines prevented the aircraft from catching fire and saved the lives of 180 passengers.

Hundreds of passengers would have burnt alive in the Calicut air crash if pilot Capt Sathe had not made a critical last moment decision. But his years of experience helped him hold his nerves. When he realized that the situation was out of control, he put off the engines of the aircraft and thereby prevented the aircraft from catching fire when it crashed down the gorge and broke into pieces.

Capt Sathe's presence of mind could not save him, but his bravery has earned him accolades throughout the country on social and electronic media.

Deepak Nilesh Sathe, a relative of Capt Sathe, in an emotional Facebook post has written, "He called me just a week before and was jovial, as always. When I asked him about the 'Vande Bharat' Mission, he was proud of bringing back our countrymen from Arab countries. I asked him,"Dipak, do you carry empty Aircraft since those countries are not allowing entry of passengers?" He had replied," Oh, No. We carry fruits, vegetables,medicines etc to these countries and never the aircraft flies to these countries empty." That was my last conversation with him.."

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  • Matin, Goa

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    RIP Mr D. V Sathe you did your best.

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  • Mohammed Althaf Abdul, Ganjimut / Riyadh

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    I just wonder, knowing runway is filled water and its table top, why they dint decide to divert the flight to Kannur Airport, which was just 100 Kms far.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru...

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    This strengthens the theory of problems with the Landing Gears !
    The Pilot gave it everything ..
    For such a decorated pilot who had flown to Calicut 27 times this too must have flashed !
    This along with heavy rains, limited runway, pools of water on it, rubber deposits all contributed ...
    The authorities AAI and DCGA will have more to hide than reveal for sure...
    It was a 16 year old wide winged plane... he was handling remember !
    Hats off to him for saving so many lives.
    A pilot having the presence of mind to switch of the engine when staring death is not really heard of...
    Farewell fighter soldier pilot Sri. Sathe...

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  • KA DSilva, Dubai

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    Well said, he was the brave pilot we have lost.
    RIP Captain D V Sathe

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    RIP ...

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  • Paul D Souza, Bondel/Sharjah

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    We salute super Hero. Heartfelt condolences to his sad family. May his soul rest in Peace.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    People like Late Deepak Sathe are real Desha Bhakthas...

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    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    Yes. I had seen him in Mangalore - Bahrain Sector. But i feel he took a bad decision to Land in Calicut under bad weather. Under bad weather there is no problem to take off but Landing is the only Problem. Here on depends on the weather condition they can decide weather to fly from other destination or abort landing & go for nearby secured Airports.

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  • Greeshma, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    Respect to the real hero, Captain Dipak Sathe

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  • Jenifer, Manipal

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    I owe my respectful salute to you, Mr Deepak Vasanth Sathe, for your bravery in using your presence of mind, to save the lives of many passengers. You are a Real hero of mother India. I am humbled by your great sacrifice. May you be rewarded with eternal bliss.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    A very big salute to you dear Capt. Deepak Sathe. Millions of thanks to you for saving the people on board by sacrificing your own Life. You have touched the hearts of many all over the world and left an imprint which cannot be erased. With tearful eyes we bid good bye to you other than this there's no other tribute to give you sir...its our pride and honour you served in our Mangaluru. Only we can say that may your departed soul rest in peace....On behalf of all Mangalureans, I extend Our heartfelt condolences to your bereaved family. May God bless them. You too bless us from above🙏🙏🙏😪😪

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  • Rudolph D'Souza, Bondel/Mississauga Canada

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    Rest in Peace Captain Dipak Sathe, Real Hero Born on the Indian Soil, I Salute Sir

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  • JWL, KSA, M'lore

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    Brave son of Mother India.
    He will be remembered in the history of Indian Aviation always.
    The survivors from this tragic incident may not be able to forget Captain Deepak Vasanth Sathe throughout in their life. He is their angel and saver of their life.
    A big Salute and Honor to him.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    I can only say RIP to Pilot D V Sathe and condolences to his bereaved wife, children, and all his loved ones. I am sure he was the Captain of one of Air India's flight of which I was traveling with my wife. If I am not mistaken I even had a talk with him before disembarking from the flight. He lost his life along with his co-pilot and also other passengers. But he saved many lives with his presence of mind.

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  • Sameer, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    Mr jossey read this ..hope u get answer for his experience then dont comment half line in runway full line on sky

    Captain Deepak Sathe’s Experience Saves Many Lives on Ill-Fated Air India flight
    G PLUS NEWS | AUGUST 08, 2020 16:40 PM

    Amongst the 18 people who died on Friday's Air India Express flight crash at Kozhikode Airport, Kerala, were the two pilots: Captain Deepak Vasanth Sathe, 60 and First Officer Akhilesh Kumar.

    Captain Sathe was a former Wing Commander of the Indian Air Force (IAF), and an awardee of the ‘Sword of Honour’ at the Air Force Academy (AFA) in Dundigal.


    He was experienced at landing on the tabletop runway and had done the same many times at the Kozhikode Airport. Captain Sathe made several attempts at landing the ill-fated aircraft on Friday last amid difficult weather conditions. Eventually, on touching down, the aircraft skidded off the runway due to hydroplaning (when a layer of water forms on the surface reducing friction with the brakes of a vehicle) and nosedived 35 feet below into the valley, splitting into two.

    "Sathe managed to save many lives in the accident by switching off the engine of the aircraft," claimed BL Santhosh, National General Secretary of BJP.


    The Vande Bharat flight, IX-1344, had 190 people on boarding six crew members. While both pilots succumbed to their injuries, the crew members are reported to be safe.

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    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    His presence of mind is reported to have saved a larger casualty.
    May Giver of Life grant him eternal bliss.

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  • Abdul kader,, Vidyanagar , KASARAGOD.

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    R I P Sir...

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  • Paul, mangalore

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    Reat in peace Capt .
    We salute for your bravery to save so many passengers lives

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