The Indian Air Force (IAF), in a statement issued to the media informed that for the first time in India, an all-women crew on Monday (May 29, 2019) flew a medium-lift helicopter.
Comprising Flight Lieutenant Parul Bhardwaj (Captain), Flying Officer Aman Nidhi (co-pilot) and Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal (flight engineer), the crew flew a Mi-17 V5 helicopter for a Battle Inoculation Training Mission. The flight took off and landed from restricted areas at a forward air base in the South Western Air Command.
Flight Lieutenant Parul Bhardwaj, who hails from Mukerian in Punjab, incidentally is the first woman pilot to fly the Mi-17 V5.
Ranchi’s Flying Officer Aman Nidhi is also the first woman IAF pilot from Jharkhand while Chandigarh’s Flying Officer Hina Jaiswal hails is IAF’s first woman Flight Engineer.
It may be mentione here that the three pilots had undergone basic flight training at the Helicopter Training School at Air Force Station, Hakimpet followed by advanced training at Air Force Station, Yelahanka.
Squadron Leader Richa Adhikari, the unit engineering officer, certified the helicopter airworthy.