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Pilots given last salute, SPAT to be air borne soon

india Updated: Mar 09, 2010 15:13 IST
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As the two pilots killed in Wednesday's aircraft crash at Hyderabad aviation show were given the last salute by their relatives and colleagues, the Indian Navy officers in Goa said that the Sagar Pawan Aerobatic Team (SPAT) will be air borne very soon.

After the accident, the SPAT is grounded pending inquiry after the aircraft crashed into a two-storey residential building during the air show at Hyderabad. The two naval pilots – Cdr Suresh K Maurya, 39, and his co-pilot Lt Cdr Rahul Nair,33, had died in the crash.

"I have no doubts in my mind that we will continue to do what we were expected to do," Capt Surendra Ahuja, Commanding Officer, INS Hansa, where Sagar Pawan is based, told reporters in the port town of Vasco.

"The naval headquarter can take the view later but as far as I am concerned we are going rolling again as ever," Capt Ahuja said.

The Captain was speaking to the press informally after both the pilots were given full State honours during their last rites.

Terming both the deceased servicemen as 'good pilots,' Capt Ahuja commented, "its unfortunate that in my service career I have to see such accident happening."

He claimed that SPAT, the team which started in 2003, is perhaps the only aerobatic team in the world who had safe and unblemished record.