Chopper carrying Indian defence chief Bipin Rawat, 13 others crashes in Tamil Nadu

A screengrab of the video taken near the spot in Tamil Nadu.

New Delhi: An Indian Air Force chopper carrying Indian defence chief Bipin Rawat, his wife, and 12 others crashed in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.

Reports said the IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter was airborne from Sulur for Wellington.

“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 Indian Air Force tweeted.

India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has informed the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the developments. He will also brief Parliament on the incident today.

As per reports, at least three injured people from the crash have been taken to a nearby hospital, but their identities are not confirmed yet.

The crash took place in the Nilgiris, shortly after the Mi-series chopper took off from the army base in Sulur.


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