Pilot martyred in Surya Kiran Hawks Crash leaves behind wife and a 5-year-old son

BENGALURU: Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi, 38, who was martyred in the Hawk crash in Bengaluru on Tuesday, had opted to be part of the Surya Kiran team owing to his passion about aerial acrobatics.

He hailed from Hisar in Haryana but was currently living in Bidar for one-and-a-half years as the Surya Kiran team is based in Bidar only.

Sahil Gandhi graduated from the National Defence Academy in 2003 and was soon commissioned in 2004. He flew Sukhoi-30 before joining the Surya Kiran team.

His initial training was completed at the Air Force Academy in Hyderabad and then he shifted to the Bidar airbase to join the team.

In an emotional Facebook post on Valentine's Day in 2013, Sahil Gandhi had wished to spend the rest of his life with his wife. Soon after, the couple had welcomed their baby son, Riaan, into the world.

But the wishes remained incomplete as the 37-year-old Wing Commander succumbed to his injuries when two aircraft of IAF's aerobatic team Surya Kiran crashed near the Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru on Tuesday, 19 February, a day before the opening of the Aero India show.

He leaves behind his wife Himani and five-year-old son Riaan whom he had promised to spend his entire life with. 




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