Indian Army chopper carrying chief of defence staff crashes
An Indian Army helicopter carrying senior defence officials, including chief of defence staff Bipin Rawat, crashed at Coonoor in Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu today (08) killing four on the spot.
According to reports, around nine people were on board and the chopper was flying from Sulur Airbase to Wellington.
Three officials have been rescued so far while a search is on for the fourth person, an official said.
The injured have been taken to Wellington cantonment in Nilgiris.
News agency ANI reported that along with Bipin Rawat, his staff and some family members were in the Mi-series chopper.
As soon as the chopper crashed, a search and rescue operation was launched from nearby bases, sources confirmed.
The Indian Air Force issued a statement confirming the crash and the presence of CDS Rawat on board.
“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 IAF said.