No Body Bags In Remote Areas: Controversy


New Delhi: Heartbreaking pictures of the remains of seven soldiers , killed in an air crash in Arunachal Pradesh . Being transported in cardboard boxes, the picture has triggered controversy and concern on social media. A former Army officer has weighed in, criticizing the lack of basic facilities like body bags in remote areas.

The soldiers – personnel from the Air Force and the Army — had died on Friday as an IAF Mi-17 chopper crashed at an altitude of nearly 17,000 feet in Tawang. Army jawans deployed in the area did whatever they could to get the mortal remains onto another Mi-17 chopper. The bodies were flown to a hospital, where postmortems were done and the bodies were sent to the families with full military honours.

The Mi-17 V5 chopper was on an air maintenance mission, flying to Yangtse to drop off supplies at an Army camp. Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Chief of the Indian Air Force, said, “The tail rotor of the helicopter flew off.”

The bodies of the army and Air Force personnel, including the pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer and two army officers, were found at the crash site close to the border with China. Those who died included a Wing Commander and a Squadron Leader.