Gen Bipin Rawat Helicopter Crash Dec 9 Highlights: Black box recovered from chopper crash site in TN; PM Modi pays tribute to CDS Rawat, 12 others who died in crash

Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash Live Updates, General Bipin Rawat’s Death News Highlights: After tri-service probe into CDS Rawat’s chopper crash, now an FIR by Nilgiris Police

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Army officers carry the coffin containing the mortal remains of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat in Wellington in Tamil Nadu in Thursday. (Reuters photo)

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat Helicopter Crash Updates: A day after the horrific chopper crash in Tamil Nadu’s Katteri-Nanchappanchathram area that killed CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 other officers, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is briefing both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha today. Tributes have been pouring in from all over the world for India’s first Chief of Defence Staff. On Thursday morning, the team of experts from the Indian Air Force successfully managed to locate and retrieve the Flight Recorder of Black Box of the Mi-17 helicopter. The black box holds the key to the final moments of what exactly happened seconds before the chopper crashed in the hills of Katteri. On his way to deliver a lecture at the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, Gen Rawat’s demise was confirmed by the Indian Air Force on Wednesday evening.

The Indian Air Force said that the helicopter carrying Gen Rawat, appointed as CDS in 2019, and his entourage crashed in apparently foggy conditions, killing the 13 people on board.

One person survived the crash and is being treated at a hospital. The mortal remains of the victims will be taken to New Delhi from Coimbatore on Thursday by air, after a wreath-laying ceremony scheduled at Wellington, police and defence sources said. Official sources say that the accident happened due to low visibility in the fog-hit region.

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22:16 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Black box recovered from chopper crash site in TN

Investigators on Thursday recovered the black box of the military helicopter that crashed in a hilly terrain near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu killing Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat and 12 others, hoping to get vital clues on the possible cause of the disaster that will be probed by a high level tri-services inquiry. As Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced in Parliament that the inquiry into the Wednesday crash would be headed by Air Marshal Manavendra Singh, official sources said the lone survivor Group Captain Varun Singh was airlifted to Bengaluru for “better treatment” at the IAF Command hospital. Varun Singh, who is on life support, was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Wellington, about six km near the crash site in the Nilgiris district. Besides Gen. Rawat, his wife Madhulika and Brig. L S Lidder, 10 armed forces personnel were killed in the crash of the Mi-17V5 helicopter. There were 14 people onboard the ill-fated chopper. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the country’s top military brass paid homage to the victims after their bodies were brought to Delhi in a military aircraft. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, NSA Ajit Doval, Army Chief General MM Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar, Air Chief Marshal AVR Chaudhari, and Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar were among those who paid homage at a sombre ceremony. Heart-wrenching scenes were seen at the Palam airport as 13 caskets  wrapped in the tricolour were lined up inside a hangar in the presence of their family members. (PTI)

21:33 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Karnataka Guv, CM visit hospital, inquire about Group Captain Varun Singh’s health

Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot and Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday visited IAF Group Captain Varun Singh, at the Air Force’s Command Hospital here, and inquired about his health. Singh is the lone survivor in the IAF helicopter crash that killed Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and 12 others. The Governor and the CM visited Command Hospital here and inquired about Singh’s health, the CMO statement said. Initially admitted to a hospital at Wellington in the Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu, Singh was shifted to Bengaluru on Thursday evening, for higher treatment. He was air-lifted to Bengaluru from Coimbatore for higher treatment at the Command Hospital here, official sources said. (PTI)

21:19 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: PM Modi leads the nation in paying tribute to CDS Rawat, 12 others who lost their lives in chopper crash — WATCH VIDEO

21:15 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: 3 service chiefs pay last respects to CDS Rawat, his wife & other 11 Armed Forces personnel who lost their lives in chopper crash

21:14 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: NSA Ajit Doval pays tributes to CDS General Bipin Rawat and 12 others

Delhi | NSA Ajit Doval pays tributes to CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and other 11 Armed Forces personnel who lost their lives in the IAF chopper crash yesterday (ANI)
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21:12 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Rajnath Singh pays last respects to CDS Rawat, 12 others who lost their lives in Chopper Crash

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays last respects to CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and other 11 Armed Forces personnel who lost their lives in the #TamilNaduChopperCrash yesterday. (ANI)
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20:59 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: PM Modi arrives at Palam airport to pay respects to CDS Rawat, 12 others who lost their lives in chopper crash

Delhi | PM Modi arrives at Palam airport to pay respects to CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and other 11 Armed Forces personnel who lost their lives in the Tamil Nadu chopper crash yesterday (ANI)
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20:48 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa mourns Gen. Rawat’s demise

Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has condoled the death of General Bipin Rawat, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, who died in a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu. The Mi-17V5 helicopter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) carrying the 63-year-old tri-services chief crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, killing 13 of the 14 people on board including his wife and 11 other armed forces personnel. In a tweet, President Rajapaksa said: “Deeply saddened to hear of the sudden demise of General #BipinRawat, Mrs Rawat & others in the tragic helicopter accident in Tamil Nadu. I extend my condolences to the families & to all Indians on behalf of the people of #SriLanka”. Sri Lanka Army chief General Shavendra Silva said that he was absolutely devastated and saddened to hear of the tragic helicopter crash carrying India’s first Chief of Defence Staff. He said that Gen. Rawat, a long-standing true friend of the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka, in his former capacity as Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army, visited Sri Lanka in May 2018 for four days, inaugurated a Signal Laboratory of the Sri Lanka Army and explored new areas of cooperation between the two Armies. (PTI)

20:44 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Rajnath Singh meets families of CDS Rawat and other Armed Forces personnel who lost their lives in chopper crash

20:40 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Co-pilot’s village in Rajasthan gets ready to bid farewell

In a village 50 km from Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district headquarters, grieving relatives of Squadron Leader Kuldeep Singh, who was the co-pilot of the IAF helicopter that crashed in Tamil Nadu, and residents were on Thursday busy preparing for his cremation. Singh’s last rites will be conducted at the Mahatma Gandhi Government School ground in his Ghardana Khurd village and thousands are expected to gather to bid him farewell. At Singh’s home, his mother said her son had earned merit in this life. “Bahut achhi kamai kari hai mere bete ne,” the proud mother told reporters before chanting ‘Vande Mataram’ twice. Village sarpanch Ummed Singh Rao said the Education Department has given its nod for Singh’s cremation. His statue will also be installed in the school. “This is very sad news for everyone in the village. As soon as the news of Singh’s death was confirmed on Wednesday evening, his relatives started reaching the village,” he said. “The entire village is engaged in making arrangements for the funeral procession and the cremation. The villagers and Singh’s relatives have decided to conduct the funeral at the school ground. Thousands of people would be gathering in the village to pay tributes to him,” he added. Rao said Singh’s father retired from the Navy and many of his cousin brothers are also serving in different armed forces. His father and other members of the family live in Jaipur, while his extended family lives in Ghardana Khurd. “Singh’s father is currently said to be in Delhi,” he said. Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 11 other people on board an Indian Air Force helicopter died on Wednesday after it crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. The lone survivor, Group Captain Varun Singh, is undergoing treatment at a military hospital in Bengaluru. The mortal remains of the victims in caskets wrapped in the Indian tricolour were taken to the Madras Regimental Centre at Wellington in decorated Army trucks. Senior Army officials, Tamil Nadu ministers and Army veterans laid wreaths and paid floral tributes. The remains were later taken to Coimbatore by road, about 70 km away, from where they would be flown to New Delhi in a special IAF aircraft. Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra condoled Singh’s demise. (PTI)

20:36 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval at Palam airbase

Delhi | National Security Advisor Ajit Doval at Palam airbase, where mortal remains of CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madulika Rawat and 11 others who lost their lives in military chopper crash yesterday, have been placed (ANI)
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20:19 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Mortal remains of CDS Rawat, 12 others, who lost their lives in Chopper Crash yesterday, placed at Palam airbase.

20:02 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Mortal remains of CDS Rawat being brought out of IAF aircraft at Palam airbase –WATCH

19:54 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: IAF aircraft from Sulur arrives at Palam airbase

19:33 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Lone survivor, a Group Captain, shifted to Bengaluru for higher treatment

The lone survivor in the IAF helicopter crash that killed Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat and 12 others, and initially admitted to a hospital at Wellington in the Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu, was shifted to Bengaluru for higher treatment on Thursday, official sources said. IAF Group Captain Varun Singh was air-lifted to Bengaluru from Coimbatore for higher treatment at the Command Hospital there, the sources said. Singh was undergoing treatment at the Military Hospital in Wellington for 80 per cent burns and his condition was said to be “critical but stable,” they said. His father had also earlier said his son would be moved to the Karnataka capital for treatment. Talking to PTI over phone, the Group Captain’s father Colonel K P Singh (retired), who is a resident of Bhopal, said, “he is being shifted to Bengaluru. I have reached Wellington.” Asked about his son’s condition, he said, “I can’t say anything about that…I am not sure.” Lt Colonel Ishan R (retired), who lives next door to Col K P Singh’s residence at Sun City on the Airport Road in the Madhya Pradesh capital, said he was hopeful the injured officer will recover. (PTI)

19:18 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Last rites of Brig LS Lidder to be held at 0915 hours at Delhi Cantt tomorrow

The last rites of Brig LS Lidder’s who passed away in the military chopper crash will be held at 0915 hours at Delhi Cantt tomorrow. (ANI)

19:12 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Civilians can pay tribute to CDS Rawat from 1100-1230 hours at CDS Karaj marg residence tomorrow

Delhi | Civilians can pay tribute to CDS Gen. Bipin Rawat from 1100-1230 hours at CDS Karaj marg residence tomorrow. Military personnel can pay respects between 1230-1330 hours. Thereafter, the mortal remains will be taken in a gun carriage for funeral in Delhi Cantt Brar Square. (ANI)

19:08 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Gen Bipin Rawat was a guiding force for the political fraternity on defence matters, says Himachal CM Jairam Thakur

Gen Bipin Rawat was a guiding force for the political fraternity on defence matters. He was passionate about his work & was a simple man. India will always be proud. L/Naik Vivek Kumar from Jaisinghpur too had a tragic death. I pay homage to all: Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur (ANI)
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18:58 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Govt set to start process to appoint next CDS soon; Gen Naravane frontrunner

he government is set to begin the process soon to appoint the next Chief of Defence Staff with Army Chief Gen MM Naravane emerging as the front-runner for the top post that fell vacant following the demise of Gen Bipin Rawat in a helicopter crash. The move by the government comes even as a number of retired military commanders said it will be prudent to appoint Gen Naravane as he is retiring as the Chief of Army Staff in five months. People familiar with the development on Thursday said the government will draw up a small panel comprising senior commanders from the Army, the Navy and the Air Force. The panel will be finalised based on recommendations from the three services in the next two to three days and then it will be sent to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for approval. Following the approval by the defence minister, the names will be sent for consideration by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet that will take the final decision on India’s next Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), those familiar with the development said. They said the Chief Of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs Of Staff Committee (CISC) is likely to coordinate the process of drawing up the panel of prospective candidates for the post of the Chief of Defence Staff. Explaining the process, they said the government will follow the same protocol for the appointment of the CDS that is laid down for appointing the service chiefs. The CDS is the chairman of the powerful Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) that also comprises the three service chiefs. (PTI)

18:39 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: CDS & Army Commander of Sri Lanka expected to attend last rites of CDS Rawat

Military chopper crash | Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and Army Commander of Sri Lanka, Gen Shavendra Silva expected to attend the last rites of CDS Gen Bipin Rawat. (ANI)

18:20 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Process for positive identification of remaining mortal remains is continuing

The process for positive identification of remaining mortal remains is continuing. Mortal remains will be kept at the Mortuary of Army Base Hospital till completion of positive identification formalities: Indian Army

18:19 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Positive identification of only three mortal remains has been possible as of now

Positive identification of only three mortal remains has been possible as of now (Gen Bipin Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat & Brig LS Lidder) and their mortal remains will be released to the Next of Kin, for final religious rites as desired by respective families: Indian Army

18:19 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: IAF aircraft from Sulur is expected to arrive at Palam airbase by 7:40

The Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft from Sulur is expected to arrive at Palam airbase by 1940 hours today. ‘Shradhanjali ceremony’ is scheduled from 2030 hours onwards: Indian Army

17:43 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Group Captain Varun Singh shifted to Command Hospital, Bengaluru

Indian Air Force’s Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the Coonoor military chopper crash, shifted to Command Hospital, Bengaluru for further treatment

17:19 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: TN police registers case

A case was registered by the police on Thursday in connection with the Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter crash near here on December 8 that killed the Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others, and initiated a probe into the matter. The Nilgiris district police registered the FIR under Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and ADSP Muthumanikam was appointed as the investigation officer, official sources said. A probe is underway. Police were using drone camera near the crash site as part of the investigation. An IAF helicopter crashed at Katteri-Nanjappanchathram near here on Wednesday, killing India’s first CDS, General Rawat, his wife and 11 other military personnel, with only one of the 14 passengers in the copter surviving the crash. – PTI

17:00 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Union Minister Piyush Goyal tweets an emotional video

‘Heartfelt condolences from every Indian. People in Tamil Nadu shower flower petals while chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ & ‘Veer Vannakkam’ on ambulances carrying mortal remains of CDS Bipin Rawat, his wife & defence personnel who lost their lives in the tragic chopper crash,’ Piyush Goyal wrote in caption while tweeting a clip. 

16:49 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Brigadier killed in IAF chopper crash was set for promotion

Among the armed forces personnel killed in the chopper crash near Coonoor was Brigadier Lakhwinder Singh Lidder, a decorated soldier who worked extensively on tri-services reforms as the defence assistant to CDS General Bipin Rawat. A second-generation Army officer, Brig Lidder was set to be promoted as Major General soon and was preparing for his next posting after serving as a key member in Gen Rawat’s team for more than a year. Brig Lidder served extensively in counter-terror operations in Jammu and Kashmir and commanded a brigade along India’s borders with China. As the defence assistant to Gen Rawat, Brig Lidder played an important role in planning India’s higher defence reforms under which an ambitious roadmap has been drawn to roll out tri-services theatre commands to ensure greater coordination among the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force. – PTI

16:48 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: ‘He promised to take us on vacation,’ says slain IAF man’s wife

A pall of gloom descended on Takdah, a sleepy hamlet in West Bengal Darjeeling district, on Thursday as locals learnt about the death of Havaldar Satpal Rai who was among the 13 people killed in the helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor. Rai, who was a native of Takdah, is survived by wife, a daughter and a son who is also in the Army. The helicopter crash on Wednesday killed India’s first Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, and 12 others. Rai’s distraught widow said that he had last come home during Diwali. “He was supposed to come home in April again and had promised us a vacation to some place,” she said. His body is likely to arrive home on Friday, a neighbour of the Rai family home said. Darjeeling MP Raju Bista expressed his condolences on the demise of Rai. PTI

15:46 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Kerala CM condoles death of Air Force officer from state in Coonoor helicopter crash

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday expressed his condolence over the death of Air Force officer A Pradeep hailing from the state, who along with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and 11 others perished in a helicopter crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. Mourning the Warrant Officer’s death, the Chief Minister in a Facebook post, said Pradeep had bravely volunteered for rescue operations during the 2018 floods in the state. State Revenue Minister K Rajan, who visited the Air Force officer’s home on Thursday, said Pradeep’s name would always be remembered with gratitude in Kerala. The minister, in a Facebook post, conveyed his condolences to the officer’s family members. Kerala Transport Minister Antony Raju also took to Facebook to express his grief and convey his condolences to the bereaved family of the Air Force officer. – PTI

14:57 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: All possible measures are being taken for positive identification, says military officials

  • The severity of air crash has led to difficulty in positive identification of mortal remains. All possible measures are being taken for positive identification considering the sensitivities and emotional well-being of the loved ones (We will update details in due course).
  • Close family members of all the deceased personnel are arriving at Delhi. All necessary assistance and support are being provided. 
  • Assistance of close family members for positive identification will be taken in addition to scientific measures. Mortal remains will be released to the Next of Kin only after positive identification. 
  • Appropriate military rites of all personnel will be ensured in consultation with close relatives once the process of positive identification is completed.

14:55 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Odisha Assembly pays tribute to Gen Rawat, 12 others who died in helicopter crash

The Odisha Assembly was adjourned till the post-lunch session on Thursday after members of the House paid tributes to General Bipin Rawat, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, his wife and 11 other armed forces personnel who died in a helicopter crash. Legislators observed a two-minute silence in the House to pay homage to those who lost their lives in the chopper crash in Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday afternoon. As soon as the House assembled for the day, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik moved the obituary reference through virtual mode. “With profound grief, I rise to inform the august House of the sudden and untimely demise of General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika ji, and 11 other armed forces personnel in a tragic helicopter crash on 8th of December, 2021 in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu,” the CM said. Patnaik said General Rawat had an extremely distinguished career of over four decades of selfless service marked by exceptional gallantry. – PTI

14:51 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: IAF officer from Odisha’s Talcher among 13 killed in Coonoor crash

Junior Warrant Officer (JWO) Rana Pratap Das, a native of Odisha’s Talcher, was among the 13 people killed in the helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor, his family said on Thursday. JWO Das, a resident of Krushnachandrapur village in Talcher in Angul district, was serving the IAF for the last 12 years, they said. The helicopter crash in a wooded and hilly area near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday killed India’s first Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, and 12 others. “My brother-in-law Rana Pratap Das lost his life in the tragic helicopter crash,” said Sankalp Das. JWO Das is survived by his parents, wife and a son. His parents live in the Krushnachandrapur village and are cardiac patients. He was a student of Nilakanteswar Bidyapitha College in South Balanda in Talcher, his family said. PTI

14:45 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: ‘Shradhanjali by the apex leadership in Delhi,’ says military officials

  • As we all are aware, the Nation and the Armed Forces have been struck with a tragedy which will take time to heal. 
  • All mortal remains have been moved by vehicle convoy (by road) from Wellington to Sulur at around 1200 hours (since the weather is not appropriate for air operations). 
  • From Sulur, the mortal remains of all the deceased will be flown in Indian Airforce aircraft (s) to Delhi; likely to arrive by late evening.  (we will update ETA at Delhi on confirmation)
  • Shradhanjali by the apex leadership has been planned at Delhi.
  • Gp Capt Varun Singh is still critical and has been moved by a vehicle ambulance (by road) to Sulur for further move to Command Hospital, Bangalore.

13:59 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Sole survivor of IAF chopper crash honoured with Shaurya Chakra in August

Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the horrifying chopper crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu, was conferred with the Shaurya Chakra in August for averting a possible mid-air accident after his Tejas light combat aircraft suffered a major technical glitch last year. Singh is now battling for life at a military hospital in Wellington. Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 11 armed forces personnel were killed in the Mi-17V5 helicopter crash in one of the biggest air accidents involving top military officials. “Group Captain Varun Singh is on life support in the military hospital at Wellington and all efforts are being made to save his life,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said while apprising Parliament on the crash. Group Captain Singh was on board the Russian-made chopper as the liaison officer for the visit of Gen Rawat, India’s senior-most military officer, to the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington. He is currently serving as an instructor at the prestigious institute. – PTI

13:55 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: President Kovind tweets for Gp Capt Varun Singh

‘My thoughts are with Gp Capt Varun Singh who has survived the tragic chopper crash. I pray for his speedy recovery and long life,’ tweets President Kovind

13:36 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to call on President of India

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will call on President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday to apprise him about the chopper crash near Coonoor that killed Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 11 armed forces personnel. The President is the Supreme Commander of the armed forces. Official sources said Singh will brief President Kovind about the accident as well as the situation arising out of it.

12:54 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Gen. Rawat was a valued partner, strong proponent of US-India defence partnership: US

General Bipin Rawat, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff who died in a tragic helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu, was an exceptional leader, a valued partner and a strong proponent of US-India defence ties and helped deepen the bilateral strategic partnership, top US officials have said. The Mi-17V5 helicopter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) carrying the 63-year-old tri-services chief crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, killing 13 of the 14 people on board including his wife and 11 other armed forces personnel. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin lauded the role of Gen. Rawat in strengthening US-India defence relations. “My deep condolences on the deaths of Indian Chief of Defence Staff General Rawat, his wife and colleagues who perished in today’s tragic accident,” Blinken said. “We’ll remember Gen. Rawat as an exceptional leader who served his country and contributed to the US-India defence relationship,” he said. – PTI

11:50 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: The mortal remains of Gen Bipin Rawat to arrive in Delhi today evening

Mortal remains of CDS Rawat, others to reach Delhi;a Palam Air Force Station in the evening today

11:32 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Floral tributes paid to Rawat, others

Floral tributes were on Thursday paid to Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and 12 others killed in an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter crash here earlier. Senior Army officials, Tamil Nadu Ministers and Army veterans laid wreaths and paid floral tributes to the mortal remains of the deceased persons at the Madras Regimental Centre at Wellington near here. The mortal remains of the crash victims in caskets wrapped in the Indian tricolour were brought to the venue in decorated army trucks. Tamil Nadu Ministers K N Nehru, MP Saminathan and K Ramachandran, senior state government and police officials and Army personnel among others paid tributes to the departed persons. General Rawat, India’s first CDS, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 others were killed in the helicopter crash near here on Wednesday. PTI

11:19 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Indian Army Helicopter Crash LIVE Updates: Chief of Defence Staff would be cremated with full military honours

The Chief of Defence Staff would be cremated with full military honours. I, on behalf of the august House, pay homage to the deceased persons and express condolences to the bereaved families, says Rajnath Singh

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