Indian Army Chief, wife and 11 others killed in helicopter crash

NEW DELHI: India’s Army chief General Bipin Rawat, his wife, and 11 other people killed after a Russian-made military helicopter they were travelling in crashed in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, the Indian Air Force (IAF) confirmed on Wednesday evening. While an officer survived the crash miraculously.
The IAF said in a Twitter post the “tragic accident” took place near the town of Coonoor at noon (06:30 GMT) on Wednesday.

The Russian-made Mi-17V5 choper was on its way from an air force base to the Defence Services Staff College when it crashed in mountainous region. The reason for the crash was not immediately known and authorities said they are investigating into the crash.

The air force said one officer, Group Captain Varun Singh, survived and is being treated in a military hospital.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief over the trafic accident. TF Report

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