Flight Lieutenant Amit Sharma belonged to Hapur in Uttar Pradesh. He joined the Indian Air Force on 15th December 2001. In 2006-07, he was serving with 114 HU unit based at Air Force station at Leh. The unit was operating a Cheetah helicopter, generally used for ferrying of personnel and logistical support to far-flung areas.
|Place of Birth||Hapur, UP|
|Unit||114 HU, AF|
|Award||Vayu Sena Medal|
|Date of Martyrdom||11th April 2007|
On 11th April 2007, Flight Lieutenant Amit Sharma was tasked with an air logistical support sortie to Amar helipad situated at Siachen Glacier. Flight Lieutenant Amit along with his captain Squadron Leader Shantanu Basu took off from the Air Force base as planned and reached the post within the stipulated time. The sortie was uneventful till the final approach. However, as the tail winds were significant, an overshoot had to be initiated on the short finals. The helicopter experienced a sudden loss of power and height after crossing the helipad. The pilots maintained their cool but unfortunately, the aircraft failed to respond to the emergency actions by the aircrew and continued to lose height. Both the pilots courageously decided to attempt force landing across the AGPL (Actual Ground Position Line). However, due to the absence of a suitable force landing field the helicopter crashed. In this crash, both Squadron Leader Shantanu Basu and Flight Lieutenant Amit Sharma could not survive.
Flight Lieutenant Amit Sharma displayed exceptional courage for which he was given ‘Vayu Sena Medal’ posthumously.