All hopes vanished for the family of Col MS Brar (retd) on Wednesday with the recovery of bodies of all three persons who died in a helicopter crash in Arunachal Pradesh on August 4.
Col Brar, who took premature retirement from the Army Aviation Corps in 2010, was piloting the Pawan Hans helicopter that also had Tirap deputy commissioner Kamlesh Kumar Joshi on board.
With the news of 48-year-old Col Brar's body being recovered reaching his Sector 20, Panchkula, residence, his family was in shock.
"He is no more. The body could not be shifted to the Dibrugarh hospital as there was heavy rain. The post-mortem was to take place on Thursday. Now, they will start from the site at around 4 pm on Thursday. The Arunachal Pradesh chief minister will lay a wreath on his body," said Air Commodore GS Brar (retd), father of Col MS Brar (retd).
He said the body will be flown to Delhi and from there it will reach Panchkula by road on Friday.
Col Brar's wife, Tina, too, stays in Panchkula while his son is pursuing MBA abroad. His helicopter met with an accident in December, 2010, at the Chandigarh airport as well. Col Brar's was to return to Panchkula earlier, but his operation was extended by two weeks.
On the fateful day, he took off from the Naharlagun helipad and had to take Longding and Changlang deputy commissioners to Mohanbari in Assam. The helicopter went missing around 11:15 am.
Col Brar's cremation will take place on Friday at Manimajra.