IAM Medical Report Says Captain Jayant Joshi Died of Drowning in Lake Ranjit Sagar in Jammu and Kashmir | Chandigarh News

CHANDIGARH: Captain Jayant Joshi (27) of the Army’s 254th Aviation Squadron at Mamun Cantt in Pathankot died of a “wet drowning” in Lake Ranjit Sagar in Jammu and Kashmir on August 3. last year after the Rudra attack helicopter he was flying as a co-pilot crashed into the lake during an operational sortie. His body was recovered from the lake 76 days after the helicopter crash.
These are the findings of the “Histopathologic and Toxicological Examination Report” issued by the Institute of Aviation Medicine (IAM) of the Indian Air Force based in Bengaluru.
“The multiple injuries sustained by the deceased, described in paragraph 8(c) above, although severe, could have been survived. However, these injuries could have impaired survivability in the water by affecting the ability to the crew to swim and perform effective self-rescue to avoid drowning,” reads the medical report from the nation’s premier institute of aviation medicine. The report highlights that Capt Jayant suffered a fractured left clavicle and two fractures of the right femur (femur) that may have been due to contact with the hard object of the aircraft or the environment during impact.
“The autopsy report dated October 18, 21 mentions ‘bilateral lungs floating in water. However, lung histopathology revealed findings suggestive of wet drowning,” the report read. Previously, the autopsy was performed by 167 military hospitals in Pathankot on October 18 last year.
Thus, the IAM medical report confirms the claim of Captain Jayan’s father – Harish Chander Joshi – that his son would have survived if given basic lifesaving equipment while hovering over the body of water during the aeronautical training exit. Army authorities have now shared the IAM medical report dated November 9 last year with Capt Jayant’s family at their request.
The family is waiting for the answer
Captain Jayant’s father had in November last year written a letter to the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces – President Ram Nath Kovind – seeking his personal attention pointing out the glaring flaws in the safety processes followed in the aviation of the ‘army.
Speaking to TOI, Joshi said: “Unfortunately, I haven’t received any response so far from either the President’s office or the Secretary of Defense’s office despite sending reminders.” The aggrieved father said he could not get his son back but just wanted the country not to lose any more pilots due to lack of equipment and proper training.
In his letter, Joshi had mentioned that Capt Jayant’s helicopter had crashed into the water at a speed of 170 km/h according to the findings of the cockpit voice recorder/flight data recorder (CVR /FDR). Despite this accident and high-speed impact, Capt Jayant was able to free himself from his seat after the accident, as his seat belt was found to be properly open. So did the other pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Abheet Singh Batth, whose body was recovered from the lake on August 15 last year. “If a life jacket had been provided to the two pilots, they would have floated on the surface of the water and could have been rescued to the nearest medical facility by locals and dam authority lifeboats who had reached crash site within 15 minutes of August 3 crash,” the letter read.
The father had urged the president to ensure that it is mandatory for all pilots in the army, like their navy counterparts, to undergo underwater survival training, equip them with essential lifesaving equipment and ensure the upgrading of rescue skills through periodic training. mods. The aggrieved father had also asked the president to fix the responsibilities for the death of his son and his aviation instructor, Lieutenant-Colonel Batth.