Flight Safety

Bale Out from a Deepak

The HAL HPT-32 Deepak had a chequered career in the Indian Air Force - Introduced in the late 80s, it served for about two decades in the IAF, being used for the ab-initio flying training of IAF Cadets. Over the course of its career, more than 21 were lost in accidents.  Only two known incidents involved pilots successfully baling out - thus earning themselves membership in the Caterpillar Club.  The first such baleout was done by Flight Cadet M Sabharwal - later Gp Capt, 22122 F(P) . This is his account, first published in Flight Safety Magazine.

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..and there were none!

Gp Capt Anant Bewoor writes on the ills affecting the basic trainer HPT-32's service in the IAF and efforts to replace it.

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