Helicopter crash kills India’s chief of staff, his wife and others.. The general was close to Modi (video)
The Indian Air Force said, Wednesday, December 8, 2021, that Chief of Staff Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others, were killed in the crash of a military helicopter they were on board in southern India. India.
The Air Force said in a tweet on Twitter that “the accident occurred around noon near the town of Coonoor, and that among the dead were four crew members of the plane, a Mi-17V5,” according to Reuters.
For his part, Tamil Nadu Forest Minister K. Ramachandran announced from the site of the accident that at least seven bodies had been recovered, the Times of India reported.
In turn, an official in the rescue teams in Konnor told AFP, “Some of the wounded were taken to the hospital,” explaining that about twenty firefighting vehicles were in the place to put out a fire.
Video footage published by TV news stations showed the wreckage of the helicopter that caught fire at the scene of the accident in a densely wooded area near its final station in the Nilgiris region.
The helicopter had crashed about 10 kilometers from the nearest road, forcing rescue teams to walk to the site of the accident, another firefighting official told AFP.
Pictures from the scene also showed a crowd struggling to put out the fire with buckets of water, while a group of soldiers was carrying a passenger on an improvised stretcher.
close to Modi
General Bipin Rawat is close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is India’s first Chief of Staff after the Indian government created this position in 2019.
The general comes from a military family that served several generations in the Indian armed forces, and joined the army with the rank of second lieutenant in 1978.
During four decades of military service, he commanded the armed forces of the Indian-administered region of Kashmir, stationed along the line separating it from China.
Bibin was also commander of the 1.3 million-strong army, from 2017 to 2019, before becoming chief of staff, with the aim of improving coordination between the army, navy and air force, according to analysts.
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