Pathankot: The body of co-pilot Capt Jayant Joshi, who was aboard the Army’s Dhruv Mark-3 helicopter that crashed at Ranjit Sagar Dam on August 3, was finally pulled out two and a half months after the accident. According to information received, the body was exhumed around 2 pm on Sunday. The condition of the corpse was very bad due to the passage of time. His body has been shifted to Pathankot Army Hospital.
It may be recalled that on August 3, the Army’s Dhruv ALH Mark 3 helicopter crashed near Basuhli’s Purthu in Ranjit Sagar Dam Lake. Lt. Col. AS Bath and Capt. Jayant Joshi were on board. The helicopter took off from Mamun Kent at 8:30 a.m. Routine practice was being carried out in the dense forest area and around the lake. At 10:50 a.m., the helicopter flew far below Labor Lake and suddenly lost its balance and fell into the lake. The body of missing Lieutenant Colonel AS Bath was recovered during a rescue operation on October 15. The wreckage of the helicopter was later found on September 9, but Captain Joshi was not found.
Capt. Jayant Joshi was originally from Uttarakhand
Capt. Jayant Joshi was originally from Ranikhet in Almora district of Uttarakhand. At present, his entire family is in Delhi. Captain Jayant Joshi’s mother Jeevan Tara Joshi is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army and is posted in Kolkata. The family was waiting for him in Mamun after the accident. Father Harish, elder brother Neil Joshi had repeatedly appealed to the internet media to find Captain Jayant Joshi soon. Jayant was a student of the prestigious Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi. He later completed his undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering. He was commissioned in the 9th Sikh Light Infantry in 2017. Two years later, he joined the 254th Army Aviation Squadron at Pathankot.