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Nation Pays Tribute To Arunachal Pradesh Helicopter Crash Martyrs | National Defence Salutes Your Spirit Selflessly Serving Motherland

National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 07 October 2017

An Indian Air Force Mi-17 V5 crashed at round 0659h on 06 October after getting airborne from a helipad north of Tawang. This was the second routine air maintenance sortie of the day at the aircraft at a forward area.

The helicopter was carrying supplies to a forward post of the Indian Army in the hilly terrain. The helicopter crashed close to dropping zone and caught fire immediately. Seven defence personnel were onboard , included five Indin Air Force personnel and two Army personnel. And all of them sustained fatal injuries during the crash.

A court of inquiry has been ordered to establish the cause of the accident. Nation mourns the death of military heroes. National Defence salutes the spirit of the bravehearts, who served selflessly in line of their duty to protect motherland. India will always be indebted to you and your families.

Wg Cdr Vikas Upadhyay – Pilot
DoB – 9 Mar 81
Commissioned Jun 03
NOK – Wife – Sqn Ldr G Tejasvini (Retd.)
Daughter aged 7 yrs Belongs to New Delhi

Sqn Ldr Shishir Tewari – Copilot
DoB – 12 Mar 86
Commissioned Jun 10
NOK – Wife – Prakrity
Belongs to Indirapuram Ghaziabad

MWO (Master Warrant Officer) AK Singh – Flight Gunner
DoB – 15 Nov 63
Joined AF  Jul 84
NOK – Wife – Meena Devi
Two sons and a daughter aged 29, 24 and 27 yrs resp.
Belongs to Village Mubarakpur in Chhapra, Bihar

Sgt (Sergeant)Satish Kumar – Flight Gunner
DoB – 15 Jul 89
Joined AF  Sep 07
NOK – Wife – Kiran Khanda
One son aged 2 yrs.
Belongs to Village Kasni in Jhunjhunu Rajasthan

Sgt (Sergeant)Gauam Kumar – Flight Engineer
DoB – 10 Jun 88
Joined AF  Jun 06
NOK – Father -Barbir Singh
Belongs to Village Ailum in Shamli UP

Army casualties

Sep Shashi Balaji
DoB – 15 Feb 83
Joined army Jan 2003
NOK – Wife-  Mrs BV Kanmani
Two  sons aged 4 and 3 yrs
Belongs to Village Neelankori  in Chennai Distt.

Sep HN Deka
DoB – 31 Dec 83
Joined army Jan 2003
NOK – Wife – Mrs Sushrita Deka
A daughter aged 5 yrs
Belongs to Vill Paghali, PO Bormonipur, Distt Hongaon in Assam

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