When Wing Commander D Vats flew a two-seater aircraft in Assam on February 15, little did he know that he had seen his wife and daughter for the last time. While the IAF officer was honored during his funeral, Twitter users couldn't help but talk about how courageous his wife was.
The deceased IAF officer's wife, Major Kumud Dogra, along with their daughter, showed incredible courage during the funeral ceremony that moved one and all. The heart-wrenching photograph of the young officer, wearing the army uniform and holding her daughter, has left the Twitter users speechless and full of pride.
Unable to get over these images of #MajorKumudDogra walking to her husband Wg Cdr #DushyantVats’s funeral with their 5-day old baby in her arms. He saw once bt nw will never get to meet his daughter. Speechless. This is what the #IndianArmy & #IndianAirForce does for the country. pic.twitter.com/cbJiuaxgwe— Rupil Dev Lamsar (@rupildev) February 24, 2018
Vats was killed along with his co-pilot, Wing Commander Jai Paul James, when their microlight aircraft crashed in Assam's Majuli region. The Indian Air Force officials stated that the accident took place during a routine sortie.
The two young IAF pilots lost their lives when their chopper took off from Rowriah airport in Jorhat crashed at the Sumoi Mari village. The pilots had attempted an emergency landing, however, the aircraft crashed at a sandbar in the northern part of the Majuli district and was eventually set ablaze.
The plane crash took place due to technical failures, as per reports. A Court of Inquiry was ordered to investigate the cause of the accident.
The picture of the mother holding her daughter as she kept her head held high while paying her last tributes has gone viral after surfacing on social media. People flooded the internet as they heaped praise on Major Dogra.
Here is how Twitter users reacted to the moving image:
Salute to Maj. #Kumud Dogra. Heading toward the funeral of his husband w.cmdr #D.vats who lost life in a #chopper_crash in #majuli Aasaam. Also their just 5 day old baby with her. W.cmdr Vats couldn't make to see his newborn. Tragic accident. RIP#military #RIP #Planecrash #ARMY pic.twitter.com/bMi08LWOlj— Rajat Sharma (@rajatsharma8596) February 24, 2018
Salute Major Kumud Dogra! An officer herself, walking up & paying her last tributes 2her late husband while carrying their 5 days old child. Lots of praise 4 d young officer 4 her strength at a time like this & r showing their love 4 d new born baby who never got 2 see her father pic.twitter.com/E9H3M5Oso4— Geeta sharma?? (@BeingGeetaS) February 24, 2018
Major Kumud Dogra...in her arms is her five day old baby and her feet marching towards the dead body of her husband Wng Cmdr D Vats... a rare epitome of courage... salute you Major Dogra ????? #Kaala #NayaSaalPuraniAadat @ippatel @AsYouNotWish @ShefVaidya @Shehzad_Ind pic.twitter.com/sJmP06sOEg— Govind Raj Naidu (@naidu_govind) February 24, 2018
Been unable to move beyond these images of Major Kumud Dogra walking to her husband Wing Commander Dushyant Vats’s funeral with their 12-day-old baby in her arms. Dushyant was killed in a microlight crash in Assam this month. (Via @ikaveri) pic.twitter.com/TCGzIPFSXU— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) February 23, 2018