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Wing Commander Hanumanthrao Sarathi from Belagavi dies in fighter aircraft crash

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Two fighter aircraft of IAF were involved in an accident near Gwalior today morning. The aircraft was on a routine operational flying training mission. One of the three pilots involved who sustained fatal injuries has been identified as Wing Commander Hanumanthrao Sarathi from Ganeshpur Belagavi.

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An inquiry has been ordered to determine the cause of the accident.

Hanumanthrao’s family has a long history of military service. His father, Revansiddpa Sarathi, retired from the army as a captain, and his brother, Ravi, is a pilot in the Air Force.

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Hanmantrao was stationed at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh and had been flying for his daily practice when his plane tragically collided with another in mid-air, claiming his life.

He is survived by his parents, wife, two children, brother, and two sisters. Sources have informed us that his body will be brought to Belagavi by a special air force plane tomorrow, where he will be laid to rest with full military honors.

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