Flying officer`s body cremated

Sooraj was undergoing training in Bikaner Air Base for the last three years, sources said.

Last Updated: Aug 04, 2011, 18:01 PM IST

Aluva: Hundreds of people turned up to pay
their last respects to Flying Officer Suraj M Pillai, who was
killed in a MIG fighter crash in Rajasthan, when his body was
brought to Kerala on Thursday.

The 24-year-old officer`s body was brought to the Naval
Airport at Kochi early this morning in a special aircraft
accompanied by four Air Force Personnel led by Squandron
Leader Deshwal and relatives of the deceased.

State PWD Minister V K Ibrahim Kunju was among those who
paid their respects to the officer who died when the fighter
aircraft crashed during a routine training two days ago.

The Air Force and Naval contingent led by Sub Lt Amit
Kumar Singh jointly presented the Guard of Honour.

The body was cremated with the pyre lit by the officer`s
six cousins at the premises of his house.

Family sources said Suraj was planning to come to Kerala
to take his grandmother to Rajasthan.

He leaves behind his father Mohankumar, a former
employee in Standard Battery in Mumbai, mother Vasantha, a
teacher in Hyderabad and sister Sneha, an air-hostess with a
private airline. His mother and sister were staying in
Hyderabad and his father in Kerala.

Sooraj was undergoing training in Bikaner Air Base for
the last three years, sources said. He was promoted as the
Flying Officer six months ago.

PTI