Duty first : Wife receives crash pilot's documents in her service uniform

July 10, 2017, 1:27 am
Tezpur(Assam): The mortal remains  of Indian Air Force( IAF)   Flight Lieutenant, P.K.Singh ,the co-pilot  of the ill fated Advance Light Helicopter of Tezpur base which crashed on Tuesday  in a deep gorge in Arunachal Pradesh was cremated today at  Tezpur Parua general Cremation ground with full military honours . 
It was indeed an emotional moment  in the cremation ground when the wife  of the 35- year old pilot  , Squadron Leader Aditi Jain  who is also serving  in Air Force station, Tezpur received the official documents and his uniform draped in the national tricolor from Air Officer Commanding AOC K.V.R.Raju. Though yet to recover from the loss, his wife Squadron Leader Aditi  braved it all  by receiving his documents and uniform dressed in  her service uniform  prior to his cremation.
Flight Lieutenant  P. Singh hailed from Ratnagiri in Maharashtra . While his  wife is  a Squardon Leader of IAF  Tezpur  station , his father  is  a retired Captain and  his younger brother is a Major in the Indian Army . His younger brother , Major Prabin Kumar lit the pyre  and the entire family was present today when his mortal remains were consigned to the eternal flames.  
 
Singh’s mortal remains  was flown  last evening to  Tezpur 'Salonibari IAF station while the  body of  Flight Engineer Sergeant Gujjar   was  flown to his native place Agra   this  morning . The last rites of  Indian Reserve Battalion  Jawan,  Nada  Umding  was   held  today in his native village  Hija in Lower Subansiri district  of Arunachal Pradesh with full state honours.
 
The cremation ceremony was attended by the senior officials of Headquarters Eastern Air Command in Shillong  along with senior Air Force officials from Air Force Station , Tezpur   and officers of  Sonitpur district administration 
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AOC K.V.R. Raju told www.southasiaviews.com that an official  code of inquiry has been ordered to find out  the  reasons behind  the chopper crash. 
 
The Advance Light helicopter ALH  crashed on Tuesday  after taking off from Saglee in Papum Pare district of  Arunachal Pradesh about 86 km from capital city of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar.   .The chopper went missing after returning from a rescue operation at around 3.30 pm .It its  lost radar contact at around 3.50 pm and the wreckage was  spotted  on Wednesday  in a deep  gorge  . The three IAF team and one IRB personnel rescued 169 stranded people who were stranded  in  a massive landslide in Sagalee about 86 km from Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh.
 
Photos by : Pranab Kumar Das
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