- Category: Flight Safety
- Last Updated: Thursday, 24 December 2020 18:21
- Written by Gp Capt M Sabharwal
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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.