I need to see you smiling: IAF chief to airmen

“I need to see you boys smiling,” IAF chief Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne said to his men as he touched down at the airbase where the mood was sombre after the ill-fated Mi-17 V5 helicopter crashed killing 20 people on-board.

“Oh I just told them that I want to see them smiling. I told them they need to keep moving forward,” Browne told reporters on Wednesday morning after he met his pilots and men on the tarmac here.

Donning his dark blue overall, Browne made it a point by flying in a Mi-17 chopper from Dehradun and that too in a relief sortie that brought food and other materials.

He said the morale of his boys was sky high and they were flying their sorties with enthusiasm as there still was work to be done (rescuing people).

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