Air Commodore Sanjai Chauhan had joined the IAF in the flying branch and was trained to be a fighter pilot. He had put in over twenty years of service and had served in various Air Force bases in different appointments. He was an experienced pilot and had developed expertise in various air operations during his long service career.
|AF Stn Jamnagar
|Date of Martyrdom
|5th June 2018
In 2018, Air Commodore Sanjai Chauhan was commanding the Air Force Station at Jamnagar in Gujarat. The Air Force base at Jamnagar is a front-line airbase having a fighter squadron of Jaguar aircraft. Jaguar is a multi-role aircraft and was built under license from SEPECAT, an Anglo-French consortium. On 05 June 2018, Air Commodore Chauhan was scheduled to undertake an operational training sortie on Jaguar aircraft. However, the aircraft developed some unexpected snags immediately after takeoff. The emergency developed too suddenly and Air Commodore Chauhan did not get enough time to take the necessary measures to control the aircraft. Consequently, the aircraft crashed near Beraja-Ramaniya village in Mundra Taluk of Kutch district in Gujarat. Air Commodore Chauhan got wounded badly and later succumbed to his injuries.
Air Commodore Sanjai Chauhan was a highly experienced and professionally competent pilot who laid down his life in the service of the nation, like a true air warrior.