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Odia Air Force officer Kaushik Mishra dies in plane crash


Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Mar 29:

Young Odia squadron leader Kaushik Mishra, who hailed from Belpahar in Odisha, was among the five Air Force personnel who were killed when a newly-acquired C-130J transport aircraft crashed near Gwalior on Friday.

Kaushik Mihsra
Kaushik Mihsra

Barely an hour after it took off from the Agra airbase on a training mission, the IAF’s US-built C-130J Super Hercules aircraft went down 75 miles west of Gwalior along the Madhya Pradesh-Rajasthan border,

32 year old Kaushik was the eldest son of Ashok Mishra, AGM at TRLK Refractories, Belpahar and Bijaylaxmi Panigrahi,teacher at the Belpahar Adarsh School. He passed out of the National Defence Academy (NDA) and became a commissioned officer of the Indian Air Force in 2006 after graduating from the Air Force Academy in Dundigul.

He was married and staying with his young wife Sangya and 18-month old daughter in New Delhi, sources said.

Besides Kaushik, Wing commander P. Joshi, Wing Commander Raji Nair, Squadron Leader A. Yadav and Warrant Officer Krishna Pal Singh who were aboard the ill-fated aircraft also died in the crash.

Kaushik with his wife Sangya
Kaushik with his wife Sangya




  1. Kausik and I were friends when when we were in the age group of 5-10. His grand parents used to live in the same colony in Cuttack where my family was living, We had so much fun as kids. Then we lost touch but I did get updates about him time to time from common sources. Today my brother called me and told this tragic news. I am so sad and heart broken. It’s a shame that we were not in touch for so many years and now this news.

    Want to tell you my friend I am so proud of your success. I am so proud of your achievements in life and I am so proud to be your friend. Rest in Peace my friend.

  2. Air Force officers graduate from the Air Force Academy in Dundigul. IMA is for Indian Army officers.

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