Midlands servicemen killed in helicopter crash repatriated
Two British servicemen from the Midlands who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan are repatriated today. Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas and Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan were among five men killed.
Family and friends watched a poignant ceremony as five British servicemen killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan were repatriated to the UK. Hundreds of people gathered in the sunshine at Carterton, Oxon, to pay their respects to the fallen personnel as they returned to British soil.
Family members then lined the road on Norton Way, clutching flowers including red and white roses, lilies, brightly coloured tulips and yellow daffodils. The street fell silent at 4.52pm, when the bell tolled to mark the arrival of the servicemen's families at the Memorial Garden.
The Ministry of defence denied claims by the Taliban that insurgents shot the helicopter down, with initial investigations indicating a "tragic accident" rather than enemy action as the cause of the crash.
A multi-faith service has taken place to pay tribute to five servicemen killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. It was held at a Hindu temple in Leicester, where one of the victims - Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan - and his family worshipped.