Wing cdr Darryl Castelino from Kinnigoli dies in Uttarakhand chopper crash
Daijiworld Media Network - Mumbai/Mangalore
Mumbai/Mangalore, Jun 26: The tragic crash of the Mi-17 V5 IAF chopper during rescue mission in flood-hit Uttarakhand on Tuesday June 25, has brought immense grief and pain to a family hailing from Kinnigoli near Mangalore.
The family is that of Darryl Castelino (38), who was the wing commander of the ill-fated chopper.
The chopper crash claimed all 20 lives on board. The chopper crashed due to bad weather while returning from Kedarnath. Among them, five were from Indian Air Force, including Darryl Castelino, six from ITBP and rest from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
Hailing from Kinnigoli, the family later shifted to Mumbai, where Darryl grew up. Born on November 2, 1975, Darryl was a student of Holy Cross High School, Kurla (W), Mumbai. The family resides in Vakola, Santa Cruz.
Son of the late Herald Castelino and Leena Castelino, Darryl was married to Jyothi and the couple have two children - son Ethan (7) and daughter Angelina (4).
He served the IAF as wing commander and was posted in Kolkata at the time of the tragedy.
A braveheart who was on a mission to provide aid to thousands stranded in Uttarakhand, Darryl leaves behind a family that is finding it hard to come to terms with the irreparable loss.
Darryl's brother-in-law Rony Olivera from Kundapur and others left for Kolkata this morning.
The other persons from IAF who lost their lives in the air crash were Flt Lt K Praveen, Flt Lt Tapan Kapoor, JWO AK Singh and Sgt Sudhakar Yadav. The chopper belonged to a unit from Barrackpore Air Force Station in West Bengal under the Eastern Air Command.
Due to heavy rains in Kedarnath, the body could not be taken to city. Sources said that the mortal remains will be first brought to Dehradun and then sent to Kolkata by Thursday June 27 noon, where the Air Force is getting ready to conduct the final rites with full state honours.
Meanwhile, family sources told daijiworld that arrangements are being made to bring Darryl's mortal remains to Mumbai on Thursday night and conduct the funeral at St Antony' Church, Vakola on Friday evening.