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Published On: Fri, Mar 1st, 2019

IAF pilot Ninad Mandavgane cremated with military honours

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4igbo4u8_ninad-mandavgane-pilot-funeral-pti_625x300_01_March_19NASHIK : The funeral of pilot Ninad Mandavgane, who died in an IAF helicopter crash in Jammu and Kashmir two days back, was held with full military honours in Nashik on Friday.
The pilot was also given a 21-gun salute. Ninad Mandavgane (33) was cremated on the banks of Godavari. He and and six others died on Wednesday in an IAF chopper crash in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district. A civilian was also killed in the crash.

The pilot’s body was brought to Ojhar airport from New Delhi by a special IAF plane on Thursday night. Air Force officials, including Air Commodore Samir Borade, commanding officer of the IAF Station Ojhar, and Nashik Collector Radhakrishna B, paid tribute to the pilot there. The body was later taken to Nashik.

A large number of people gathered at the crematorium on Friday to bid adieu to the departed soul. When the body was
brought to the crematorium around noon, people present there raised slogans of ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. Mandavgane’s father Anil, mother Sushma, wife Vijeta and their two-year-old daughter, his relatives and other people attended the funeral.68220845

Before the funeral pyre was lit by Mandavgane’s father, the Nashik unit of IAF and city police gave a 21-gun salute. Before joining the IAF, Mandavgane had studied in Bhonsala Military School in Nashik, Services Preparatory Institute (SPI) in Aurangabad and the National Defence Academy Mandavgane and six others died on Wednesday, when the IAF chopper crashed in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. According to officials, the helicopter crashed in an open field near Garend Kalaan village in Budgam around 10.05 am. Besides its pilots, four others onboard and a local resident died in the incident.(With Agency Inputs ).

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