Service No : 6495509-N

Birth Place : Paghali, Assam

Service : Army

Last Rank : Sepoy

Unit : 725 AD, ASC

Arm/Regt : Army Service Corps

Date of Martyrdom : Oct 06, 2017

Sepoy H.N. Deka

Sepoy H.N. Deka was born in Paghali village of Morigaon district of  Assam. He joined the Army in 2003.
 
 
Air Maintenance Operation : 06 Oct 2017
 
 
Indian army is deployed at many far flung areas in the north east sector where no motorable roads exist and most of the supplies are dependent on air drops undertaken by Indian Air Force as Air Maintenance operations. Sepoy H.N. Deka was on board on one such operation on 6th October 2017. A Mi-17 V5 helicopter had taken off from Khirmu helipad in Tawang district with five IAF and two army personnel including Sepoy Deka on board around 6.30am.The chopper was carrying supplies to the army forward post in Topu Ghar, near the Yangste area.
 
 
The area in which the chopper was flying is said to be vulnerable to dangerous weather changes. Unfortunately, at around 06:59 hrs the helicopter crashed when it was 60 Km away from the take off point.  The aircraft caught fire instantly as it was carrying Kerosene supplies. Sepoy H.N. Deka and all other 6 on-board military personnel could not survive the crash.
 
 
Sepoy H.N. Deka is survived by his wife Sushrita Deka and a daughter.
 
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  • http://www.voiceofgreaterassam.com/dead-bodies-on-board-the-crashed-helicopter-in-arunachal-sent-home-for-last-rites/
  • http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/iaf-chopper-crashes-in-arunachal/article19807040.ece
  • https://www.telegraphindia.com/1171007/jsp/nation/story_176665.jsp
  • http://www.firstpost.com/india/iaf-chopper-crashes-near-tawang-7-military-personnel-dead-second-such-incident-in-three-months-4117467.html
  • http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/061017/iaf-chopper-ferrying-kerosene-to-forward-posts-catches-fire-crashes-7-killed.html
  • https://www.telegraphindia.com/1171008/jsp/northeast/story_176736.jsp
  • http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/iaf-chopper-crashes-in-arunachal-pradesh-5-personnel-killed/article9889822.ece
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