Indian Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat helicopter crashes in Tamil Nadu
There were 14 people on board the helicopter
A spokesman for the Indian Air Force says General Bipin Rawat, India’s chief of defense staff, was killed in a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu this morning.
According to the spokesperson, 11 people including Madhulika Rawat, wife of General Bipin Rawat, were killed in the tragic accident.
With deep regret, it has now been ascertained that Gen Bipin Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat and 11 other persons on board have died in the unfortunate accident.
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) December 8, 2021
According to Indian media, General Bipin Rawat was going to Wellington Staff College in a helicopter. In addition to the crew, some members of his family were also aboard his MI-17V5 helicopter. The Indian Air Force said in a tweet that the helicopter crash took place at Nalgars near Konwar in Tamil Nadu. An investigation into the crash has been launched.
General Bipin Rawat took over as India’s first Chief of Defense Staff in January 2019. He was also the head of the Department of Military Affairs.
According to the British Broadcasting Corporation, General Bipin Rawat belongs to a family in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, whose many generations have served in the Indian Army. Bipin Rawat was also a child in a cheetah helicopter crash in Nagaland in February 2015.
General Bipin Rawat joined the 5th Battalion of the 11th Gurkha Rifles of the Indian Army in December 1978. Bipin Rawat has held various positions on both the Chinese and Pakistani borders.
General Rawat is credited with the 2015 cross-border operation against militants linked to the state of Nagaland in Myanmar.
In December 2016, the Government of India appointed him as the 27th Chief of Army Staff of the country’s evil army, giving him precedence over two senior lieutenant generals, Parveen Bakhshi and PM Horse.
He has also received numerous awards during his career spanning more than 40 years.
#WATCH | Latest visuals from the spot (between Coimbatore and Sulur) where a military chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu. CDS Bipin Rawat, his staff and some family members were in the chopper. pic.twitter.com/6oxG7xD8iW
– ANI (@ANI) December 8, 2021
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