Crashed Sukhoi pilot’s body reaches his home in Kerela

RSTV Bureau
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The mortal remains of Flight Lieutenant S Achudev, one of the two pilots of the Sukhoi jet that had crashed on May 23, reached his residence in Trivandrum in Kerela.

On Thursday, the body of Squadron Leader D Pankaj, the other pilot killed in the crash, was cremated.

Squadron Leader Pankaj’s cremation took place at Parua under Tezpur police station, Defence Spokesman Lt Col Sombit Ghosh told PTI.

The family – his parents, younger brother, wife Richa and two-year-old daughter – were present at the Air Force base, Ghosh said.

IAF officials handed over Pankaj’s official documents wrapped in the national Tricolour to his wife. Pankaj’s younger brother performed the last rites in the presence of IAF and Army officials.

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The IAF officials paid their last respects to the two pilots at the Tezpur Air Force base in Salonibari. Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of Tezpur station, KVR Raju and General Officer Commanding of 4 Corps, Brig Samantray also paid their last respects to the pilots.

Talking to the media, AOC Raju said the black box of the crashed Sukhoi-30 was sent for an examination to find out why both the pilots were unable to eject to safety.

Bodies of the two pilots from the crashed Sukhoi-30 were recovered on Wednesday from the crash site in a densely forested area in Assam-Arunachal hills.

The bodies were recovered eight days after the Sukhoi had gone missing after take off on May 23, approximately 60 km from Tezpur Airbase. The Sukoi was on a routine training mission when the crash occurred.

(With inputs from PTI)