PopularTrendingWorld News

CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, wife with 11 others died in chopper crash

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh through his Twitter handle confirmed the death of CDS Gen Bipin Rawat. He wrote, “Deeply anguished by the sudden demise of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 other Armed Forces personnel in an extremely unfortunate helicopter accident today in Tamil Nadu. His untimely death is an irreparable loss to our Armed Forces and the country.”

On Wednesday, an Indian Air Force chopper carrying Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, his wife, and 12 others crashed in Tamil Nadu. From Sulur, the IAF Mi-17V5 chopper took off towards Wellington.

According to sources, it was known that 14 people were in total onboard out of which 13 have died including CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and his wife. The only survivor of the incident is up to 90 percent burnt and is being treated at a nearby hospital.

The IAF on its Twitter handle tweeted, “An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. An Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.”

The developments have been relayed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Singh is expected to brief Parliament on the event tomorrow, according to sources.

According to sources, all the people that were injured in the incident were brought to a nearby hospital, although their identities have not yet been confirmed. The Mi-series chopper crashed in the Nilgiris immediately after taking off from the army camp in Sulur.

Thirteen individuals have died, and one person is supposedly recovering from severe burns. CDS Gen Bipin Rawat is confirmed dead now.

The chopper was already on its way down and would have landed in about 10 minutes. According to news agency AFP, it fell down around 10 kilometres from the nearest road, forcing emergency responders to hike to the accident site.

Videos showed wreckage strewn across a mountainside and rescuers searching for people through intense smoke and fire. Locals and cops rescued charred victims from behind mangled metal and fallen trees.

In January 2019, CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, 63, became India’s first Chief of Defence Staff. The job was created with the goal of bringing the three services together: the Army, Navy, and Air Force. More information on the incident is yet to be disclosed by the Defense Ministry.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button