Bipin Rawat Helicopter Accident: IAF chopper with CDS Bipin Rawat on board crashes in TN; What we know so far | India News


NEW DELHI: An Indian Air Force helicopter carrying Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat crashed near Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday.
Here is what we know so far …
* The IAF confirmed that CDS Rawat was on board. He was on his way to deliver a lecture at the Defence Staff College in Wellington. Officials said 14 people were on board the chopper.
* The Mi-17V5 helicopter was on its way from an Air Force base when it crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu.
* The chopper crashed in a gorge close to a small habitat in a tea estate near Kattery, around seven kilometers away from Coonoor.
* Official sources cited poor visibility due to heavy fog as the likely reason behind the crash.
* So far, seven bodies have been recovered from the accident location.
* According to reports, three people who were critically injured were taken to a hospital. Television images showed the helicopter in flames as local residents tried to douse it.
* Official sources in Delhi said all the injured people on board the helicopter have been evacuated from the spot of the accident.
* There is no clarity yet on the condition of CDS Rawat.
* Along with General Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, Brigadier LS Lidder, Lieutenant Colonel Harjinder Singh, Naik Gursewak Singh, Naik Jitender Kumar, Naik Vivek Kumar, Naik B Sai Teja, Havaldar Satpal and pilots were travelling in the chopper.
* The IAF has ordered an inquiry into the accident.
* At least six ambulances with 12-member team were rushed to the accident location.
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