In a tragic road accident, a pilot of Indian Air Force, Sqn Ldr Amit Kathuria died along with his wife and an infant. The accident occurred on national highway near Sastapur village in Basavakalyan town of Bidar district of Karnataka when the car in which the family was travelling was hit by a loaded trailer truck.
While both Sqn Ldr Kathuria, 35, and his wife Durga, 30, died on the spot, help came from another motorist, driving behind the couple and a witness to the accident. The Sikh motorist not only pulled both the kids out of the car but also tried to save the younger kid by rushing him to the hospital, though it died on the way. He then traced the four-year-old elder son Dhruv’s school to Hyderabad by asking him and then making frantic calls to reach his teachers. Subsequently, the Air Force officials and the victim’s family was informed of the mishap.
Sqn Ldr Kathuria, a helicopter pilot, was posted at Hakimpet Air Force Station and was on his way from Pune to the city after a week-long trip. A pall of gloom descended as news of the tragedy reached his friends and colleagues at the Air Force base.