Bipin Rawat: India topmost military official's helicopter crashes




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  • 2021-12-08 09:33:45Z
  • By BBC
 

An Indian army helicopter carrying India's topmost military official and his family has crashed in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat was travelling in an Mi-17V5 helicopter which crashed near Coonoor city.

It was not immediately known if Gen Rawat and his family were safe. Reports said there were 14 people on board.

District officials said four bodies had been recovered from the crash site and three injured were taken to hospital.

Visuals from the crash site showed thick plumes of smoke billowing from the mangled remains of the helicopter and local people were seen trying to put out the fire.

The Indian Air Force said it had ordered an investigation into the accident.

General Rawat, 63, was appointed India's first-ever Chief of Defence Staff in January 2019.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is due to address the parliament shortly where he is expected to provide more details.

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