New Delhi: The armed forces have been braving turbulent weather in Uttarakhand, undeterred, to rescue those trapped in the state after flash floods. Five IAF crew members lost their lives after an Mi-17 V5 chopper, on a rescue mission, crashed north of Gaurikund, killing eight people.
A senior IAF official gave the details of the crew members who died in the crash. They are:
1) Wing Commander Darryl Castelino,
2) Flight Lieutenant K Praveen,
3) Junior Warrant Officer AK Singh,
4) Sargent Sudhakar Yadav
5) Flight Lieutenant Tapan Kapoor
The exact reason of the crash is unknown, but bad weather has been hampering rescue efforts since Sunday. The IAF helicopter returning from a rescue sortie crashed near Gaurikund with 19 people on board including men from the ITBP, NDRF and Air Force.
While the bodies of eight people who were on board have been recovered, a search is on for the others who were on board the Mi-17 V5 chopper that had taken off from Gauchar and was heading towards Gaurikund.