Sunday, May 23, 2021

Capt D Bose, Air India’s first pilot to later become airline MD, passes away

New Delhi: Captain D Bose, an ace pilot who was among the crew that flew in Air India’s first Boeing 747 jumbo jet home, Mumbai, in April 1971 and became the first pilot who rose to the position of AI’s managing director, passed away on Saturday (May 22) at the age of 92.

Captain Bose had worked very closely with AI founder J R D Tata, the father of Indian aviation. “He passed away due to natural causes (old age) and not Covid,” said people who worked with him.

According to Captain Russi Bunsha, executive trustee of J R D Tata Memorial Trust, Captain Bose was commander of the Emperor Ashoka’s — AI’s first B747 — delivery flight home to Mumbai Santacruz on April 18, 1971.

“He was the first AI pilot to be appointed the airline’s MD in 1984 (a position he occupied) till his retirement in 1987,” Captain Bunsha said about Captain Bose, who was a founder member of the J R D Tata Memorial Trust and its chairman for a decade while recalling him as a “disciplinarian, fair and thorough gentleman.”

23/05/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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