Chopper Carrying Senior Military Officials Including CDS Bipin Rawat Crashes

SRINAGAR: An Indian Air Force helicopter with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on board has crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday. Two people have been confirmed dead in the incident.

Three people have been rescued so far while a search is on for the others. There were fourteen people on board, India Today quoted sources as having said.

The three who have been rescued suffered serious injuries and have been taken to the hospital at Wellington cantonment in Nilgiris district.

According to sources, CDS Bipin Rawat’s staff and family members were on board the Mi-series chopper along with him when it crashed between Coimbatore and Sulur in Tamil Nadu, ANI news agency reported. CDS Bipin Rawat was en route to Wellington in Coonoor from the Indian Air Force base in Sulur near Coimbatore, as per sources.

Visuals from the site of the Indian Air Force helicopter crash showed massive flames and locals helping with the immediate rescue operations. Several teams are at the site carrying out search and rescue operations.

Sources have confirmed to NDTV that four persons are dead and two have survived. DEfence Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to brief the parliament about the air crash, it said.

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