13 killed in helicopter crashes carrying Indian Chief of Defence
Published: 06:00 PM, 8 December 2021 Updated: 06:02 PM, 8 December 2021
The crashed helicopter carrying India’s foremost military officer, Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat; Photo: Collected
13 people were killed when a military helicopter carrying India’s foremost military officer, Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, crashed near Coonoor in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday afternoon. However, the identities of the dead have not been released yet.
It was learned that a total of 14 people including Bipin Rawat and his family members were onboard the helicopter.
The military helicopter crashed in the state of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday (December 8). It is still yet known whether Bipin Rawat is alive in the accident or what is his condition now.
Times of India reported that some charred bodies were recovered from the crash site. Three injured passengers were rescued. However, their identities are not confirmed yet.
The MI series helicopter crashed into the Nilgiris shortly after taking off from a military base in the Sulu area. The helicopter caught fire as soon as it crashed.
The helicopter was en route to the Wellington Defense Service Training Institution in Nilgiris district. Several footages of the incident have been aired on various television channels. The wreckage of the helicopter was found lying in it. Rescue work is going on there.
The Indian Air Force confirmed the crash in a tweet. According to the tweet, the country’s Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat was in the crashed helicopter.
Source: Zee News, Times of India