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IAF’s all-women crew flies Mi-17 helicopter for first time

Date: 30 May 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous

Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) all-women crew for first time flew medium-lift Mi-17 helicopter for a battle training mission. The crew comprised Flight Lieutenant Parul Bhardwaj (Captain), who was led the team, Flying Officer Aman Nidhi (Co-pilot)and Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal (Hina Jaiswal).

Key Facts

  • The all women crew flew Mi-17 V5 helicopter for Battle Inoculation Training mission taking off and landing from restricted areas at a forward air base in South Western air command.
  • Flt Lt Parul Bhardwaj hails from Mukerian in Punjab and is first woman pilot to fly Mi-17 V5. Flt Lt Hina Jaiswal from Chandigarh is the first woman flight engineer of Indian Air Force (IAF). Flying officer Aman Nidhi hails from Ranchi, Jharkhand and is also first woman IAF pilot from the state.
  • The pilots had undergone their basic flying training at Helicopter Training School at Air Force Station Hakimpet (Telangan) followed by advanced training at Air Force Station Yelahanka (Karnataka).
  • The helicopter was certified airworthy by unit engineering officer and Squadron Leader Richa Adhikari.