Locals Offer Prayers, Pujas for Safe Return of Odia Pilot Sunit Mohanty

Berhampur: Even as the six days have passed since the IAF aircraft went missing onboard an Odia flight lieutenant pilot and IAF filed to trace it out, thousands of people residing in Baliapalli village under Kabisuryanagar block of Ganjam district started offering prayers wishing safe return of Sunit Mohanty.

Sunit, a native of Baliapalli village, was among the 13 IAF personnel onboard the IAF Transport Aircraft An-32 which went missing after taking off from Jorhat Airbase in Assam on June 3.

Sunit is the son of former IAF employee Surendranath Mohanty. He had joined IAF back in 2012. He was the co-pilot of the missing plane.

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa visited Air Force Station Jorhat to assess the ongoing search operations. He was given a detailed briefing about the operations and was apprised with the inputs received so far.

He interacted with families of the officers and airmen who were onboard the aircraft.

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