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
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