Zee Media Bureau
Dehradun: A day after an IAF chopper crash killed 20 people in flood-hit Uttarakhand, Air Chief
Marshal and Chief of the Air Staff NAK Browne arrived here on Wednesday morning to boost the morale of the Air Force personnel involved in rescue operation.
According to officials, 20 people were killed as an IAF Mi-17 crashed north of Gaurikund while returning from a rescue mission from Guptkashi and Kedarnath, on a day most other helicopters could not operate due to inclement weather.
Army and Air Force choppers stood on deserted tarmacs as heavy rains swept through several parts of the state on Monday morning. The bleak conditions, failed to dampen the Air Force mood, which issued a strongly-worded statement.
IAF Chief Browne yesterday said: “Our (helicopter) rotors will not stop churning till such time we get each one of you out, do not lose hope and hang in there.”