The bodies of all the seven defence personnel, who died in the chopper crash in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday, have been sent to their families for the last rites, sources.

The Mi-17 V5 helicopter took off from Khirmu helipad in Tawang district with five IAF and two army personnel on board around 6.30am before it crashed 60km away around 6.59am.

The crash site is 120km to the north of Tawang.

The chopper was carrying supplies including food to the army forward post in Topu Ghar, near the Yangste area.

The helicopter crashed close to the dropping zone and caught fire instantly.

The Eastern Air Command has ordered a court of inquiry (COI) to ascertain the cause of the accident.

Lt Col Sombit Ghosh, Defence spokesperson in Tezpur said the mortal remains of the deceased were flown to their respective hometowns for performing their last rites.

Pic Source: Telegraph

The 7 defence personnel who were on board the helicopter that crashed:

  • Wing Commander Vikas Upadhyay, the captain, hailed from Dwarka in New Delhi, and was commissioned in June 2003. He is survived by his wife Squadron Leader (retd) G. Tejasvini and a daughter.


  • Co-pilot Sqn Ldr S. Tewari, who was commissioned in 2010, hailed from Indirapuram in Ghaziabad, is survived by his wife Prakrity.


  • Master Warrant Officer A.K. Singh, joined the IAF in July 1984, and is survived by his wife Meena Devi, two sons and a daughter.


  • Sergeant Satish Kumar, who hailed from Rajasthan’s Kasni, joined the IAF in September 2007, and is survived by his wife Kiran Khanda and a son.


  • Flight engineer Sergeant Gautam Kumar from Ailum village in Uttar Pradesh, joined the IAF in June 2006.


  • Sepoy H.N. Deka, from Paghali village in Assam‘s Morigaon district, is survived by his wife Sushrita Deka and a daughter.


  • Sepoy Shashi Balaji, who hailed from Neelankori in Tamil Nadu and joined the army in 2003, is survived by his wife B.V. Kanmani and two sons.


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