WEB DESK: Rashid Mihnas is the youngest official to receive Nishan-e-Haider for his undeniable bravery in combating the hijack of the aircraft. It has been 44 years since the brave soldier left us.
As the story goes, in 1971, Rashid Minhas’ instructor tried to hijack the plane and take it towards Indian border. Eventually, after a tug of war in the aircraft, the plane crashed in the village near the Indian border.
On his 44th death anniversary, here are some facts about the incident.
- Rashid Minhas was a very young pilot. He was on his second solo flight on T-33 when the crash took place.
- Fl Lt Mati ur Rehman’s body was found some distance before the crash site while Rashid Minhas body was at the crash site. The aircraft had crashed nose first.
- The option to jettison off the canopy in an emergency was available with both pilots. Near the point of crash Rahid Minhas in his efforts, either intentionally or accidentally, jettisoned the canopy. As Mati ur Rehman was not strapped on he was blown off explaining the way his body was injured and the fact that it was found before the crash site.