PHOTOS: Helicopter Crashes with India’s Defence Chief, 13 Others on Board

  • Helicopter crashes with India’s defence chief, wife, 12 others on board

EKO HOT BLOG reports that a helicopter carrying senior defence officials has crashed in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu in India on Wednesday.

NDTV reported that some defence officials were among the 14 people on the Mi-series helicopter.

Helicopter crash India’s Defence Chief

It said at least three injured people from the crash have been taken to a nearby hospital, but their identities are not confirmed yet. According to top officials in Tamil Nadu, four have been found dead.

Rawat is the country’s first Chief of Defence Staff appointed on January 1, 2019.

He was appointed the head of the newly created Department of Military Affairs in one of the most significant reorganizations in Defence Ministry in decades.

Helicopter crash India’s Defence Chief

He had served as the Chief of the Army for three years before taking over as the CDS.

“An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. An Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident,” the Indian Air Force tweeted.

The developments have been communicated to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

Today, he will also brief Parliament on the event.

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