On Wednesday, an Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper carrying the Chief of Defence Staff CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika, and 11 other passengers crashed near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.
The IAF said that Gen. Rawat was in Wellington (Nilgiri Hills) today to address professors and students of the Staff Course. Only Group Captain Varun Singh was able to escape the disaster unscathed. The IAF said in a series of tweets that he is receiving medical attention for his injuries at a military hospital in Wellington.
The bodies of those killed in the tragedy, including CDS General Bipin Rawat and his wife, should reach Delhi by Thursday evening.
The mishap necessitated an emergency cabinet committee meeting on security Defence minister Rajnath Singh, national security advisor Ajit Doval, home minister Amit Shah, and Nirmala Sitharaman were among those in attendance at the meeting, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over.
All attendees conducted a two-minute moment of silence to honor the victims of the helicopter tragedy.
A statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “I am extremely pained” after learning of the death of General Bipin Rawat, his wife and other service members in a chopper crash in Tamil Nadu. They worked tirelessly for India. My heartfelt condolences go out to the victims’ families.
A tragic aircraft crash in Tamil Nadu claimed the lives of 11 armed forces members, including Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, according to Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. The military and the country have suffered an irreparable loss with his early death.
This evening at 6.30 pm, the Cabinet Committee on Security will convene.
In light of Thursday’s chopper tragedy, the defense minister, Rajnath Singh, is expected to address Parliament.
General MM Naravane has informed Singh of the accident.
Singh has briefed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the plane disaster.
The defense minister stopped by Rawat’s home on a trip to Delhi.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) announced that an investigation had been ordered to determine the cause of the crash.
Air Force Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan was the Mi-17V5’s pilot. The 109 Helicopter Unit’s commanding officer in him.