I am not from Goa. I am from Mumbai, Darrell Castellino,the commander of the ill-fated Mi-17 helicopter that crashed Tuesday,had said when asked if his second name suggested he belongs to Goa.
Castellino,who was piloting the big chopper in the Uttarakhand hills to rescue people,looked tired but enthusiastic Monday when he was greeted at the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) camp where he was staying with one of his pilots.
Castellino was happy that he was getting to wear his dark-green jumpsuit for a big operation to bring in more and more live people stranded and battered by heavy rains and flash floods for over a week.
Castellino was even complimented for his good work by ITBP DIG Amit Prasad when he was having dinner at the officers mess,which the IAF pilot returned with a compliment.
Arey sir aapke ladke bhee bahut zabardast kaam kar rahein hain (Sir,your boys too are doing a great job), he replied to the ITBP commander.