Gurjeet Verma / Shailesh Kumar,
Karnal/ New Delhi, 10 March 2018
Assistant Commandant Penny Chaudhary, co-pilot of the Indian Coast Guard Chetak helicopter, which carried out emergency landing of the CG Helicopter CG 803 after it developed technical snag away from the populated area near Murud in Raigad on March 10 succumbed to injuries on 27 March 18. She was admitted at the naval hospital INHS Asvini in south Mumbai Colaba area after suffering from head injury.
“It is very unfortunate that we lost Penny in such a tragic way. She was the love and light of our house. She made supreme sacrifice to the nation and that makes us very proud”, said Roop Chaudhary, brother of martyred pilot.
The young lady officer joined Indian Coast Guard in Dec 2013 and was a native of Karnal, Haryana. The young officer has recorded 555 hours of flying hours to her credit. She was a brilliant, soft spoken officer who was popular among her colleagues for her professionalism and social conduct.
It may be recalled that officer, with her presence of mind and professional handling of the incident could manoeuvre the helicopter for safe landing and ensured Safety of the other Crew members.
Assistant Commandant Penny Chaudhary is second lady pilot of India who sacrificed her life in the line of duty.
Flight Lt. Harita Kaur Deol died in an Avro HS-748 crash on 25 December 1996 along with 24 other Air Force Personnel, near a village of Andhra Pradesh. She was the first woman pilot of Indian Air Force to fly solo at the height of 10,000 feet on 2nd September 1994.
The young officer will be deeply remembered by the Coast Guard fraternity for her commendable devotion to duty and selfless service towards the nation.
Martyr Pilot Penny Chaudhary
National Defence pays tribute to the young pilot Penny who sacrificed her life in the line of duty. RIP Penny. Jaihind.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 15 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.