Bodies of Uttarakhand crash victims recovered

Published: 26th June 2013 05:34 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th June 2013 06:45 PM   |  A+A-

The bodies of those killed in the Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter crash in Uttarakhand have been recovered, Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne said Wednesday.

Browne, who reached Gauchar town in the morning, said: "All 20 bodies have been recovered. The cockpit voice recorder has also been found.

"We will be able to ascertain the reason for the crash only after analysing the cockpit voice recorder," he added.

The air force chief expressed grief on the death of personnel Tuesday belonging to the IAF, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

The crash of MI-17 V5 chopper claimed the lives of nine men of NDRF, six of ITBP and five of IAF.

Browne said the accident took place at 2 p.m. Tuesday in an area around Gaurikund when the chopper was returning from Badrinath.

"There were actually three helicopters -- one 10 minutes ahead and the other 10 minutes behind," he said

"They (military personnel) are proud to be here and proud to be doing the job. I am extremely happy with the way they are performing," he said.

"It is a marvellous performance not just by our people but also by the ITBP, army and NDRF.

"We are doing a great job and we need to hang on there. The period will last for another 8-10 days," he added.

Giving details of the rescue operations, he said there were not many people left to be evacuated "except four ITBP people in Kedaranth".

"We have work to be done in the Harsil Valley and Badrinath areas. Two helicopters left Wednesday morning for Badrinath where there are about 3,000-4,000 people. At Harsil, there are 1,000 people left."


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp