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Chopper crash: Antony writes to families of five IAF men

In a special gesture, defence minister A K Antony has written letters to the families of five IAF officials killed in Tuesday’s helicopter crash in Uttarakhand, conveying his condolence.

The minister sent the letters on Wednesday to the families, expressing profound sorrow over the loss the precious lives while carrying out search and rescue operations in the disaster-hit hill state, Ministry officials said.

The IAF officials killed in the Mi-17V5 chopper crash were Wing Commander Daryll Castellino, Flight Lieutenants T Kapoor and K Praveen, Junior Warrant Officer A K Singh and Sergeant Sudhakar Yadav. Six men from Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and nine from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) also perished in the mishap that occurred near Gaurikund in difficult weather conditions. A day after the crash, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne visited Gauchar and met officers and men to boost their morale.
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