Homage paid to Wing Commander Darryl Castelino in Mumbai

Mumbai, June 30 (ANI): Friends and personnel of Indian Air Force (IAF) paid rich floral tributes here today to the mortal remains of Wing Commander Darryl Castelino.

Castelino was the commander of the MI-17 helicopter that crashed killing all 20 on board while on a relief and rescue mission in flood ravaged Uttarakhand on Tuesday.

Initially, his friends took the coffin on its arrival at the airport to the residence of the departed Wing Commander where religious hymns were sung.

Later, the coffin was taken to the cemetery where the mortal remains were buried with due service honours given by a contingent of personnel from the IAF with the band of the Indian Navy in attendance.

Wing Commander Castelino was posted at 157 Helicopter Unit of the IAF and based at Barrackpore, on the outskirts of Kolkata in West Bengal.

Among the 20 personnel on board the ill fated helicopter, five were from IAF including Castelino, six from the para-military Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and rest from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

Wing Commander Castelino was commanding the helicopter in inclement weather conditions while returning from flood-hit region of Kedarnath.

Floods and landslides unleashed by early monsoon rains last week killed at least 900 people in Uttarakhand and left thousands of people missing. (ANI)