CDS Gen Bipin Rawat among 13 dead as IAF chopper crashes in India


India’s Defence Chief Bipin Rawat, his spouse and 11 different folks have been killed after a army helicopter they have been travelling in crashed in southern India on Wednesday, the Indian Air Pressure mentioned.

“With deep remorse, it has now been ascertained that Gen Bipin Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat and 11 different individuals on board have died within the unlucky accident,” IAF mentioned on its official Twitter deal with.

Rawat was travelling from an Indian Air Pressure base in Sulur to the Defence Providers Employees Faculty in Wellington within the Indian state of Tamil Nadu to ship a lecture. Hill station Coonoor is alongside the flight path.

“Round midday immediately, an IAF Mi 17 V5 helicopter with a crew of four members carrying the CDS and 9 different passengers met with a tragic accident close to Coonoor, TN.,” IAF mentioned.

Video footage confirmed rescue staff dousing steaming wreckage in a wooded space.

Rawat was on his method to Wellington in Coonoor from an IAF airbase in Sulur close to Coimbatore, sources advised Indian media and had left Delhi earlier immediately.

Tamil Nadu chief minister, MK Stalin, instructed the native administration to offer the very best medical care to the injured. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh have additionally been briefed over the incident.

Rawat was appointed as India’s first Chief of Defence Employees (CDS) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities in late 2019. The place was arrange with the goal of integrating India’s three companies — the Military, the Navy and the Air Pressure.

Lauding his companies for the nation, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned that Gen Rawat labored on numerous facets regarding the Indian armed forces together with defence reforms because the nation’s first CDS.

“He introduced with him a wealthy expertise of serving within the military. India will always remember his distinctive service,” he wrote on his official Twitter deal with.