Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Pilot Achudev's father last contacted son on his birthday, a day before the Sukhoi-30 crash

Guwahati: The last time the father of Achudev (25), one of the two missing pilots of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi-30 which crashed in Arunachal Pradesh last Tuesday, spoke to his son was on the latter’s birthday.
“I spoke to him last on the morning of May 22. It was his birthday and I wished him. I couldn’t speak much as he was preparing for his flying duty. I asked him to call back in the evening but he did not. So, I called up but he was in the flying range… I thought of calling him the next morning but did not do so thinking that he would be busy preparing for duty. Later that day, we learnt about the fighter jet going missing,” Achudev’s father, PV Sahadevan, told the New Indian Express.

Sahadevan, who is a retired scientist of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and his wife currently reside in the IAS station in Assam’s Tezpur. The family hails from Kozhikode in Kerala.
“The last time we met him was in March when he had come to Trivandrum on a short official visit. Earlier in January, he had come home and spent a few days with us,” Sahadevan said.
30/05/17 Prasanta Mazumdar/New Indian Express