Thursday, June 01, 2017

Sukhoi jet crash: Mortal remains of Squadron Leader D Pankaj cremated in Assam

Tezpur (Assam): The mortal remains of Squadron Leader D Pankaj, one of the two pilots of the Sukhoi jet that had crashed on 23 May, were cremated in Tezpur on Thursday.

The mortal remains of Flight Lieutenant S Achudev, who was the other pilot killed in the crash, were sent to his native place in Kerala, a Defence spokesman said.

With Indian Air Force (IAF) officials paying their last respects to the two pilots at the Tezpur Air Force base in Salonibari, Squadron Leader Pankaj's mortal remains were cremated at Parua under Tezpur police station, Defence Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Sombit Ghosh told PTI.

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

IAF officials handed over Pankaj's official documents wrapped in the national Tricolour to his wife, he said.

Pankaj's younger brother performed the last rites in the presence of IAF and army officials.

Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of Tezpur station, KVR Raju and General Officer Commanding of 4 Corps, Brigadier Samantray paid their last respects.
01/06/17 PTI/First Post