India’s Defence Chief General Bipin Rawat, Wife Among 13 Killed In Chopper Crash

"With deep regret, it has now been ascertained that Gen Bipin Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat and 11 other persons on board have died in the unfortunate accident," the Indian Air Force (IAF) tweeted.

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Defence Chief Gen Rawat's Chopper Crash Kills 13, His Condition Is Unknown

After a military chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu, killing 13 people on board, General Bipin Rawat, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, and his wife died today. An Air Force Group Captain, the lone survivor, is being treated for serious burns.

“With deep regret, it has now been ascertained that Gen Bipin Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat and 11 other persons on board have died in the unfortunate accident,” the Indian Air Force (IAF) tweeted. The person being treated at the military hospital in Wellington is “Group Captain Varun Singh”, said the Air Force.

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The IAF had confirmed a little before 2 pm that a Mi-17 V5 helicopter with General Rawat onboard had “met with an accident near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu”.

The General was on his way to Wellington’s Defence Services Staff College to speak to teachers and students.
It was on its way down and would have landed in 10 minutes if it hadn’t come down about 10 kilometres from a road. An investigation into what transpired has been requested by the Air Force.

Videos showed a mountainside littered with smouldering debris and rescuers sifting through smoke and flames to locate remains. Under twisted metal and fallen trees, charred remains were taken out.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi convened a Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting at his house after being informed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Long before the formal announcement, Defence Minister and Army Chief MM Naravane paid a visit to General Rawat’s house in Delhi.

General Rawat’s death, according to the Defence Minister, was an “irreparable loss” to the country and the military.

In January 2019, General Rawat, 63, was appointed as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff. The job was created with the goal of merging the three services (Army, Navy, and Air Force). The “CDS” is viewed as the pivot of long-delayed defence force modernization. He was previously the Chief of Army Staff. Rawat has commanded many battalions for the Indian army during the course of his 41-year career. He has won a number of honours for his service.

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"With deep regret, it has now been ascertained that Gen Bipin Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat and 11 other persons on board have died in the unfortunate accident," the Indian Air Force (IAF) tweeted.
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