23 June 2019
New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Flight Lieutenant Sunit Mohanty who was among the 13 people on board the AN-32 aircraft which crashed in Arunachal Pradesh, was cremated with full military honours at the National Capital on Saturday.
Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh, senior officials of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Sunit's family and friends were present on the occasion.
Bidding a tearful adieu to his son, Sunit's father Group Captain (retd) SN Mohanty said, "My son died while serving the nation on duty. He was a true soldier dedicated for the service of the nation. I am proud of him."
There were 13 Air Warriors travelling in the fateful aircraft and made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. Those who died in the crash are Wing Commander G M Charles, Squadron Leader H Vinod, Flight Lieutenants L R Thapa, MK Garg, Ashish Tanwar and Sumit Mohanty, Warrant officer K K Mishra, Sergeant Anoop Kumar, Corporal Sherin, LAC (leading aircraft man) S K Singh, LAC Pankaj, and non combatants Rajesh Kumar and Putali.
The Russian-origin AN-32 aircraft was going from Jorhat in Assam to Menchuka advanced landing ground near the border with China on June 3 when it lost contact around half-an-hour after taking off.
The wreckage of the plane was spotted by an IAF chopper on Tuesday at a height of 12,000 ft near Gatte village on the border of Siang and Shi-Yomi districts, after eight days of a massive search operation involving a fleet of aircraft and choppers as well as ground forces.