Hindustan Aircraft Chief Test Pilot Captain M.V. Namjoshi, aged 38, died in a plane crash around the hour of noon on the grounds of Hindustan Aircraft in Bangalore. He was piloting a Hindustan Trainer 2 (HT-2) plane, and putting her through aerobatic exercises, when the machine plunged to the ground. Capt. Namjoshi was one of India’s outstanding pilots, and among the most competent officials of Hindustan Aircraft. A very senior pilot with a distinguished record of service and been Chief Pilot Inspector at the Civil Aviation Training Centre in Allahabad. Capt. Namjoshi won the Willingdon Cup for coming first in the Delhi-Calcutta air race in February 1950. He took part in a number of air races in India, and also in an Indo-Ceylon air competition. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.
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