Captain Varun Singh, who was rescued after a chopper crash on December 8 that killed Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat and 12 others, died Thursday.
After being transferred from Wellington in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor, Group Captain Singh was treated for severe burns in a Bengaluru military hospital.
According to officials, he had been on life support.
He died of his injuries this morning, according to the Indian Air Force.
“The Indian Air Force is very grieved to learn of the death of braveheart Group Captain Varun Singh, who died this morning as a result of injuries sustained in a helicopter mishap on December 8. IAF expresses its heartfelt sympathies and stands behind the deceased family “According to a statement from the Air Force.
There had been a flood of well-wishes and messages for the Shaurya Chakra award-winning officer, who was the only one to survive the chopper crash that killed India’s top general, in the last week. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, joined the nation in mourning his passing.
PM Narendra Modi on twitter posted, “Group Captain Varun Singh served the nation with pride, valour and utmost professionalism. I am extremely anguished by his passing away. His rich service to the nation will never be forgotten. Condolences to his family and friends. Om Shanti.”
General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika, and 12 other passengers were travelling from Sulur Air Base to Wellington when their Mi17V5 Air Force helicopter crashed seven minutes before landing in the highlands.
A top-level investigation is looking at what caused the crash.
Group Captain Singh was taken to a military hospital in Wellington for treatment. Last Thursday, he was sent to the Bengaluru Command Hospital.
Colonel KP Singh, the officer’s father, praised his son as a fighter last week.
In August, the Air Force officer was awarded the Shaurya Chakra for his bravery in controlling his plane when it suffered a snag during a mission last year. He successfully landed his Tejas fighter. “It is ok to be mediocre… but it is by no means a measure of things to come in life. Find your calling… whatever you work towards, do your best… never lose hope,” he had said in the letter, describing himself as an average student who found his calling and worked hard to excel in it.