Sunday, July 09, 2017

Arunachal crash: Patiala IAF pilot cremated in Tezpur

Guwahati: The mortal remains of Wing Commander Mandeep Singh Dhillon, the pilot of IAF helicopter that crashed in Arunachal Pradesh jungles on July 4 while on a flood-relief mission, were cremated with full military honours at Tezpur in Sonitpur district of Assam this afternoon.
Pilot’s six-year-old son performed the last rites in the presence of officer’s wife, daughter and parents besides top IAF and Army officials of the Tezpur base as also the district administration. Dhillon, considered among the best pilots in the country, belonged to Patiala.
The IAF helicopter had evacuated 169 people from Sagalee in Papum Pare district and Dambuk areas of Arunachal Pradesh before it went down. Dambuk in Lower Dibang Valley district is 350 km east of the state capital Itanagar.
08/07/17 Bijay Sankar Bora/Tribune