CCS Meeting: Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter Mi-17V5 crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. The helicopter was carrying 14 people including Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and his wife. General Rawat has been admitted to the Military Hospital in Wellington. According to officials, Brigadier LS Lidder, Lt Col Harjinder Singh, NK Gursewak Singh, NK Jitendra Kumar, L/Nayak Vivek Kumar, L/Nayak B Sai Teja and Havildar Satpal were on board the helicopter.
News agency ANI quoted sources as saying that 13 out of 14 people died in the accident. Now DNA test will be done. One treatment is in progress. Although it has not been officially confirmed. There was no immediate word on Rawat’s condition.
13 of the 14 personnel involved in the military chopper crash in Tamil Nadu have been confirmed dead. Identities of the bodies to be confirmed through DNA testing: Sources
— ANI (@ANI) December 8, 2021
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh can make a statement in Parliament on Thursday on the incident of helicopter crash. Prior to this he Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been informed about the accident and the Indian Air Force Chief was asked to reach the spot. According to sources, there will be a meeting of the Cabinet’s Security Affairs Committee on the helicopter crash at 6.30 pm.
The Air Force said that an inquiry has been ordered into the accident. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said on Wednesday that information regarding the chopper accident in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu will be shared by the concerned ministry at an appropriate time.