IAF chief honours chopper crash victims

New Delhi, June 28 (IANS) Indian Air Force (IAF) chief N.A.K. Browne Friday paid tributes to the five air warriors who died in a helicopter crash during a rescue mission in Uttarakand.

Air Chief Marshal Browne laid wreaths on the coffins of the five IAF personnel at Hindon air base near here. The five were killed near Gaurikund June 25.

IAF personnel reversed their arms to pay respect to their departed colleagues.

The air warriors were part of the crew of an MI-17 V5 helicopter that crashed with 20 personnel on board. Those killed included men from the IAF, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the National Disaster Response Force.

The coffins of Wing Commander Darryl Castelino, Flight Lieutanant K. Praveen, Flight Lieutanant Tapan Kapoor, Junior Warrant Officer A.K. Singh and Sergeant Sudhakar Yadav were draped in the tricolour.

They were brought in an IAF C-130J Hercules military transport aircraft to Hindon from Uttarakhand and will be flown to their respective home towns for last rites.

–Indo-Asian News SErvice

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