Tezpur,(Assam): The mortal remains of Indian Air Force, Commanding Officer , Wing Commander, M.S. Dhillon , was cremated this evening at Tezpur with the full military honours. Wing commander Dhillon was killed in a helicopter crash while on a rescue mission at Yupia in Papum Para district of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday.
The pilot ,Flight Lieutenant P.K. Singh who was which also killed in the crash hailed from Ratnagiri in Maharashtra and would be cremated on Sunday at Tezpur Parua cremation ground .
The family members of Wing Commander Dhillon were present during the last rites of the brave officer. Wing Commander Dhillon hailed from Patiala in Punjab and is survived by his wife and two minor children .His father who was also present during the cremation is a retired Squadron leader of the Indian Air Force .
Commanding officer of Tezpur IAF station KVR Raju handed over his uniform and the documents , draped in the national tri color to his wife Prabpreet kaur .
The Advance Light helicopter ALH of Tezpur base IAF crashed on Tuesday after taking off from Saglee in Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh about 86 km from capital city Itanagar .The chopper went missing after returning from a rescue operation at around 3.30 pm .The ALH from Tezpur air base lost radar contact at around 3.50 pm and the wreckage was spotted on Wednesday in a deep gorge .
Talking to www.southasiaviews.com, AOC KVR Raju said that it was very unfortunate that in the past two months Air force station, Tezpur has lost five brave pilots and officers . He added that Wing Commander Dhillon was the commanding Officer of the unit at Air Force Station Tezpur and was a highly experienced helicopter pilot.
The body of Flight engineer, Sergeant Gujjar who hailed from Agra will be flown to his native place as per the wishes of his family .
Director General of Police ,Arunachal Pradesh ,Sandeep Goel ,informed from Itanagar that the rescue operation has Pilot Of Crashed IAF Chopper Cremated In Tezpur been completed on Saturday and all the three bodies of IAF personnel have been flown to Tezpur IAF station while the mortal remains of Indian Reserve Battalion jawan, Neda Umding who hailed from Ziro in Lower Subansiri district is on his way home and the cremation will take place on Sunday.