General Bipin Rawat, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, and his wife died after a military chopper crashed in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, killing 13 on board. The only survivor, an Air Force Group Captain, is being treated for severe burns.
14 on board Mi-17 V5 helicopter
The Indian Air Force had confirmed around 2 pm today that a Mi-17 V5 helicopter carrying General Rawat, his wife Mrs. Madhulika Rawat, and 12 others had “met with an accident near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu”.
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Around noon today, an IAF Mi 17 V5 helicopter with a crew of 4 members carrying the CDS and 9 other passengers met with a tragic accident near Coonoor, TN.— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) December 8, 2021
Gp Capt Varun Singh SC, Directing Staff at DSSC with injuries is currently under treatment at Military Hospital, Wellington.— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) December 8, 2021