Helicopter crash kills 13, including India’s defense chief and his wife

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A total of 13 army officers, including the country’s Chief of Defense Staff Bipin Rawat and his wife, have been killed in a helicopter crash in India. One of the coppers was rescued alive, but he was still fighting to the death. The helicopter crashed near an inaccessible hill in dense fog at Kannur Nilgiri in Tamil Nadu, India yesterday afternoon.

The Nilgiris collector said 12 people died on the spot in the helicopter crash. Bipin Rawat and another were rescued in critical condition and taken to hospital. Rawat died there. The helicopter was destroyed by fire. Fresh Bazar

According to reports, there were 14 people including Bipin Rawat in the helicopter. The helicopter caught fire shortly after 12:40 pm when it crashed into a deep forest in Coonoor. Bipin Rawat was later rescued with serious injuries and burns and taken to hospital. According to media reports, the Indian Air Force MI-17V5 model helicopter crashed in the Nilgiris shortly after taking off from a military base in the Sulu area of ​​Tamil Nadu. The helicopter was en route to a nearby Wellington military base. The helicopter crashed in dense fog and inaccessible mountain forest, the report said. All the passengers in the helicopter were army officers. The deceased have been identified as Madhulika Rawat, wife of Chief of Staff Bipin Rawat, Brigadier LS Lidder, Lieutenant Colonel Harjinder Singh, Naik Gursebak Singh, Naik Jitendra Kumar, Lance Naik Vivek Kumar, Lance Naik B Sai Teja. It is to be mentioned that Bipin Rawat was also involved in a helicopter accident once in 2015. However, he survived the service. Then he was a military lieutenant. He was a general.
According to the latest news, 90 percent of the body of the army officer who is undergoing treatment in critical condition has been burnt. Meanwhile, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted condolences over the death of Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat. He said the death of General Rawat in the helicopter crash was an irreparable loss to the country.

Biography of Rawat: Bipin Rawat was born on March 17, 1956, in an army family in Uttarakhand. In 1986, he joined the 5th Battalion of the 11th Gorkha Rifles of the Indian Army for the first time. His father was also in that unit. Rawat had special skills in counter-terrorism operations. As a Major, he has experience working in the Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir. He was elected a Lieutenant in the Indian Army in 1970. He then became Major General in 2011, Lieutenant General in 2014, and Chief of Army Staff in 2016. In 2019, Bipin Rawat was elected Chief of Defense Staff (CDS). During his 40 years of service, he was awarded many honors by the Army.

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