CDS General Bipin Rawat’s Helicopter crashes Near Coonoor Tamil Nadu
IAF helicopter carrying senior Defence officials crashed near Coonoor in Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat, along with his wife Madhulika Rawat, Defence Assistant, security commandos, and IAF pilots were on board the chopper that crashed. Rescue operations are underway. As per the latest update, five people on board the chopper have died, informed Tamil Nadu Forest Minister K Ramachandran.
As per the news agency chopper crash site Out of the 14 people on board, five people have died and the situation of two others is critical. Rescue operation is underway
Fourteen people were on board the ill-fated helicopter, including Brig LS Lidder, Lt Col Harjinder Singh, NK Gursewak Singh, NK Jitendra Kr, L/Naik Vivek Kumar, L/Naik B Sai Teja, and Hav Satpal, reported news agency ANI.
The Indian Air Force tweeted, "An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS General 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."