Flights are scrutinized, investigated and monitored by well trained professionals before they take off, making it one of the fastest and safest forms of transportation available in modern times. It is said travelling by air is much safer than traveling by train or on roads. Unfortunately, things go wrong as they are bound to and accidents do happen. Many Indians have lost their lives in air crashes; some to due unavoidable accidents, some due to human blunders and some because of negligence. Many of those citizens of India have been forgotten, leaving few famous personalities who are remembered for their untimely death due to air crashes. Here is the list of 6 famous Indians who died in air crashes.
Sanjay Gandhi, son of then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, died from head injuries he received in an air crash near Safdarjung Airpot on 23 June 1980. At the age of 33, he left behind his young wife and new born son, along with his mourning family. Sanjay Gandhi was flying a new aircraft of the Delhi Flying Club along with Captain Subhash Saxena. He lost control while performing a loop over his own office in New Delhi and crashed. Both the passengers were killed in this unfortunate accident.
The talented and beautiful actress Soundarya and three others were killed when their private jet Cessna 180 crashed on the outskirts of Bangalore on April 17, 2004. The versatile actress received not less than 6 film fare awards besides, silver lotus award and other recognitions in her career spanning 12 years. When she was on her way to campaign for BJP in Andhra Pradesh for upcoming elections, her plane crashed minutes after takeoff in an open field, just 500 meters from the airport, burning everyone on board beyond recognition.
Son of the last ruling Maharaja of Gwalior, Madhavrao Jivajirao Scindia, a great political figure of Congress Party, was killed in a plane crash on 1st October 2001. He was conferred the title of Maharaja of Gwalior in 1961 and held the title until 1971 when the Government of India abolished all official symbols of Princely states in the country. Aged 56 years, Madhavrao Scindia and 7 of his co-passengers were killed when their plane crashed on the outskirts of Manipuri district in UP. Madhavrao Scindia also served as President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India from 1990 to 1993.
Homi Jehangir Bhabha, the visionary behind India’s Three Stage Nuclear Power Programme, lost his life when the Air India Flight 101 he was travelling on crashed near Mont Blanc, on 24 January 1966. His death was a great blow to the nuclear program in India. The crash was rumored as assassination attempt, which involved the name of CIA, to paralyze India’s nuclear program and military power. A few minutes prior to the crash, the pilot had radioed the control tower informing them everything in the airplane was working fine. It was also followed by the declaration of Homi Bhabha that India could produce a nuclear device in a short time. Whatever the cause or reason for the crash, losing one of the most brilliant minds was a great loss to India and scientific world.
Though Netaji’s death remains one of the greatest mysteries of modern India but if believed in the reports submitted by Captain Yoshida Taneyoshi, and many other sources, Subhas Chandra Bose died in a local hospital of Taipei, following burn injuries he received after the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force Mitsubishi Ki-21 Bomber crashed following engine trouble. Subhas Chandra Bose, was a revolutionary freedom fighter who tried to liberate India from British rule by power rather than following the non-violence policy of Mahatma Gandhi. Though his military efforts during the WWII did not bear fruits, he is remembered as the brave heart of India. His death and disappearance is followed by many controversies, some which claimed that he was alive but hiding.