Couple killed in crash to be cremated in Las Vegas
Relatives and friends of the couple — Lovish Bhanot and Anupama, who were killed in a chopper crash in Las Vegas on December 7 — are yet to come to terms with the loss. They were among the five persons killed in the accident.india Updated: Dec 14, 2011 00:14 IST
Relatives and friends of the couple — Lovish Bhanot and Anupama, who were killed in a chopper crash in Las Vegas on December 7 — are yet to come to terms with the loss. They were among the five persons killed in the accident.
“We received the shocking news the next morning from the Indian embassy,” a grieving Puneet Sharma, Lovish’s cousin, told Hindustan Times on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the last rites of the victims will be performed in the US due to tough paperwork involved in getting the bodies back home, a relative said.
“A relative has already left for Las Vegas. More will reach there soon. Our family wanted the cremations to be conducted in Gurgaon. We tried our best but were helpless due to tough procedures,” Sharma added.
The family has blamed the chopper company for the incident. It is learnt that the helicopter was repaired a day before the fatal crash.
“They have had similar accidents in 2003 and 2009. Our family has suffered the irreparable loss because of their incompetence,” said Sharma.
“The local aviation and probe agencies are investigating the matter. They will take action as per law. But if they are guilty, they must be punished,” he added.
Lovish, an MBA graduate, was the CEO of a property brokerage firm, Lyca Investment Ltd. He took over the reins of the company after the death of his father three years ago.
Lovish used to live with his mother and wife in an apartment in Sector 50 near Sohna Road.
The couple had got married on November 6 and left for their honeymoon on November 23. They were scheduled to return on December 20.
The three other victims were the pilot, 31-year-old Landon Neild of Las Vegas, and 49-year-old passengers Delwin and Tamara Chapman, a couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.
All victims died from multiple blunt force and thermal injuries in the fiery crash.
(With inputs from agencies)
First Published: Dec 14, 2011 00:12 IST