Thiruvananthapuram, June 21: The mortal remains of the three Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel from Kerala were brought by a special aircraft from the Jorhat Air Base in Assam to Thiruvananthapuram, early on Friday.
Air Marshal B Suresh, Air Officer Commanding -in- Chief (AOC-in-C) Southern Air Command (SAC), received the mortal remains of Sergeant Anoop Kumar, an official release said.
The AOC-in-C laid a wreath and paid homage to the departed soul. Officers and airmen of SAC and Air Force Station Trivandrum were at the airbase in large numbers to pay their last respects to their fallen colleague, after which the cortege moved to his native place in Kollam.
Acceding to the request and out of deference to the bereaved family, the mortal remains of Anoop Kumar is being kept at his alma mater, Yeroor Higher Secondary School in Kollam to enable the public to pay homage and later it will be taken to his home in Alanchery for final rites.
Anoop Kumar, the Flight Engineer of the AN-32 aircraft, was posted at Jorhat and leaves behind his wife and son.
The mortal remains of Corporal Sharin was flown to Kannur for last rites with full military honours. Corporal Sharin was posted at Jorhat and leaves behind his wife.
The mortal remains of Squadron Leader Hariharan Vinod was taken to Sulur where it was received by the Air Officer Commanding of Airforce Station.
Vinod was the navigator of the AN-32 that crashed in Arunachal Pradesh. He was an Electronics and Electrical engineer from Anna University, Chennai. He is survived by his wife Rugmani. His final rites will be conducted with full military honours at Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.
The fatalities in the ill-fated AN-32 aircraft crash in Arunachal Pradesh on June 3 included an officer and two airmen from Kerala.
The wreckage of the AN-32 aircraft was spotted on June 11 by a Mi-17 helicopter of the IAF. UNI