NALGONDA: The mortal remains of the co-pilot Lieutenant Colonel M. Satyanarayana Reddy, who died in a helicopter crash along with the late Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and four others in Kurnool district on Wednesday, were consigned to flames at his native Brundavanapuram village in Tripuraram mandal on Saturday.
Lt Col. M. S. Reddy, who had a chequered career in army aviation wing spanning more than two decades, was given a gun salute at the funeral held with full State honours.
Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at the funeral as Vajramma, the mother of the deceased, broke down over the body of her son. Kiranmayi, the spouse of M. S. Reddy, wept uncontrollably. The deceased pilot’s children son Vinay and daughter Manusree were inconsolable.
Minister for Information Technology K. Venkat Reddy, Nagarjunasagar MLA K. Jana Reddy, the Collector S. A. M. Rizvi, the Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar and others paid their last respects to the deceased co-pilot. The Minister consoled the bereaved family members and assured them all help from the government. M.S. Reddy’s childhood classmates of Korukonda Sainik School and associates bid a tearful adieu to their departed friend. While, some of his friends attributed the tragic chopper crash to a quirk of fate, others blamed the inclement weather conditions. “Lt Col M.S. Reddy had a rich experience in flying as he served distinguished tenures in the North Eastern jungles, Siachen glacier and the deserts of Rajasthan,” recalled his childhood friend B, S, Reddy, an ex-serviceman. “He took voluntary retirement from the Indian Army last year after a long stint of service for 22 years,” he said. “Having stayed away from his parents for the past 34 years since joining the Sainik School, he wanted to stay with and look after them. However, god had other plans,” he deplored. “We earnestly appeal to the government to extend support and help to the bereaved family,” he said.