Bangalore: A top official of the defence
establishment Hindustan Aeronautics Limited on Tuesday allegedly
committed suicide at the Nandi Hills in neighbouring
Chikkaballapura district, police said.
Sqn Ldr (Retd) Baldev Singh, Director (Corporate Planning &
Marketing) of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, hanged himself
from a tree using his turban at "Bramhagiri Betta", part of
the picturesque Nandi hills, a favourite tourist spot near
here, police sources told agency.
The sources said Singh (58), wearing a HAL uniform, had
left behind the driver of his official car near the
international airport and then went to Nandi Hills.
It was not immediately clear why he killed himself.
Singh, survived by wife and two sons, had retired from
Indian Air Force in 1989 and joined HAL. He had earlier served
as Executive Director (Flight Operations) and the Chief Test
Pilot (Fixed Wing) at HAL Bangalore Complex.
He was also involved in the development of the Light Combat
Aircraft Tejas by the HAL.
Highly experienced in various facets of aviation, he had a
total Flight Test experience of over 6,000 hours on 55
different types of aircraft. He was a Qualified Flying
Instructor and held a diploma in Aviation Flight Safety from
the Naval Post Graduate College, Monterey Bay, California, US.
He had graduated from the National Defence Academy in
December 1972 and was commissioned into the Indian Air Force
in June next year as a fighter pilot.
After doing operational flying on Hunter, Mig-21 and
Mig-23 aircraft, he qualified as a Flight Instructor in July
1983, and was posted to Air Force Academy at Hyderabad for
Instructional Flying Duties on the Kiran Aircraft.
He was involved with the LCA Programme from 1990 onwards
and was deputed to the Aeronautical Development Agency for
this purpose. On the LCA programme, he worked extensively on
the development and flight testing of the flight control laws
of the Light Combat aircraft.