An Indian Army chopper carrying Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat and other senior officials has crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday. “An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu,” the Indian Air Force has confirmed in a tweet.
An army choppe that had Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat and 13 others on board crashed in Tamil Nadu this afternoon.
In a tweet, the Air Force said, “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,” it added. General Rawat’s wife was among those on the chopper.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to brief parliament on the chopper crash soon. Mr Singh has already briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sources have said.
Several top leaders tweeted about the incident, praying for the safety of General Rawat and others.
“Shocked to hear about the tragic crash of helicopter with CoDS Shri Bipin Rawat ji on board. I pray for everyone’s safety, wellbeing,” tweeted Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.
“Distressed to hear the news of an Army helicopter crash carrying CDS General Shri Bipin Rawat Ji and other senior Army officials. Praying for their safety & well-being,” Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia wrote.