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CDS Gen Bipin Rawat’s chopper crashes in Tamil Nadu

An Indian Air Force helicopter crashed in Tamil Nadu's Coonoor today, with the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board; four deaths reported

An Indian Air Force helicopter with Chief of Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat on board crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday. Four people have been confirmed dead in the incident.

Three people have been rescued so far while a is on for the others. There were fourteen people on board, according to sources.

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

CDS Bipin Rawat, his wife, assistant, security commandos and an IAF pilot were on board the Mi-series chopper 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. He Delhi for Sulur earlier today.

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 and rescue operations. Local military have reached the location and were told that locals have taken two bodies with 80% burns to a local hospital while more bodies were seen downhill.

The Indian Air Force confirmed the incident on Twitter and said an inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

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

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister Rajnath Singh have been briefed on the incident.

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