Master Warrant Officer A K Singh hailed from Mubarakpur village in Saran district of Bihar. He was enrolled into the Indian Airforce in July 1984 and worked in various Air Force bases operating diverse aircraft and other associated systems during his service of over three decades. MWO A K Singh also got trained as a flight gunner and operated in that role for many years.
Air Maintenance Operation: 06 Oct 2017
Indian army is deployed at many far-flung areas in the northeast sector where no motorable roads exist and most of the supplies are dependent on air drops undertook by Indian Air Force as Air Maintenance operations. MWO A K Singh was tasked for an air maintenance mission as aircrew on 6th October 2017. The Mi-17 V5 helicopter took off from Khirmu helipad in Tawang district with five IAF and two Army personnel on board. The Mi-17 V5 is a military transport variant in the Mi-8/17 family of helicopters. The aircraft has a maximum takeoff weight of 13,000 kg and can transport either 36 armed soldiers internally or 4,500 kg of load on a sling.
The area in which the chopper was flying is said to be vulnerable to dangerous weather changes. As the aircraft was on Air maintenance sortie, it was carrying supplies to the forward post in Topu Ghar near the Yangste area. This was the second air maintenance sortie of the day for the aircraft in that forward area. Unfortunately, while the helicopter was around 120 Km north of Tawang and very close to the dropping zone, it lost control and crashed. The aircraft caught fire instantly as it was carrying Kerosene supplies. MWO A K Singh and all other 6 on-board military personnel could not survive the crash.
Master Warrant Officer A K. Singh was a professionally competent air warrior and a committed soldier and laid down his life in the service of the nation. MWO A K Singh is survived by his wife Meena Devi, sons Anoop and Anuj and daughter Anupama.