AN-32 crash: Defence Minister pays homage to air-warriors, meets their families


AN-32 crash

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays tribute to the victims of the AN-32 crash, after their mortal remains were brought at AFS Palam in New Delhi, Friday, June 21, 2019. The remains of 13 Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel were retrieved Thursday from Arunachal Pradesh where the plane crashed earlier this month. (PTI Photo)

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday paid homage to all 13 air-warriors who lost their lives in the AN-32 crash in Arunachal Pradesh early this month.

Mortal remains of some of the deceased were also brought to Delhi, from where they would be sent to their hometown.

Rajnath Singh also met families of the deceased personnel here at the Palam Technical Area.

“Met with the families and friends of the deceased Air-warriors of An32 and shared my grief and heartfelt condolences with them. My thoughts and prayers are with them. May God give them the strength to bear this monumental loss,” he tweeted.

The Russian-made aircraft crashed on June 3 in Arunachal Pradesh. The IAF traced the aircraft on June 11, but could not retrieve the bodies due to bad weather and hostile terrain.

The bodies were finally recovered and brought to the Johrat Airbase on Thursday.