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Jun 28, 2013 at 12:39pm IST

Uttrakhand chopper crash: 20 martyrs to be honoured today

New Delhi: The 20 personnel from the Indian Air Force (IAF), the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) who died in a helicopter crash while on a rescue mission in Gaurikund were given a guard of honour on Friday in Dehradun.

Senior defence police officials paid homage to the bravehearts at Dehradun.

The IAF will also honour the martyrs on Friday and pay its tributes to the five crew members of Mi-17 V5 helicopter that crashed on June 25.

The bodies will be flown in a special aircraft C-130J to the Hindon Air Force Station. The Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne will lead the IAF personnel in paying homage.

The wreath laying ceremony will take place at Air Force Station Hindan at 4 pm on Friday. The bodies of the air warriors will then be flown to their respective home towns for last rites.