Flight Lt. Harita Kaur Deol (1972 – December 25, 1996) was a pilot with the Indian Air Force. She was the first woman pilot to fly solo in the Indian Air Force. The flight was on 2 September 1994 in an Avro HS-748, when she was 22 years old.

In 1993, she became one of first seven women cadets inducted into the Air Force as Short Service Commission (SSC) officers.

However she died in an aircrash near Nellore on Dec. 25, 1996. She was one of 24 Air Force personnel to die when an Indian Air Force Avro aircraft, crashed near the Bukkapuram village in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harita_Kaur_Deol