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Indian Air Force helicopter crashes with defense chief on board

| Updated: December 09, 2021 10:31:24


Indian Air Force helicopter crashes with defense chief on board

An army chopper carrying India’s Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat and 13 others has crashed in Tamil Nadu and casualties have been reported.

Five bodies have been found from the crash site and two have been taken to hospital with severe burn injuries, reports bdnews24.com citing NDTV.

General Rawat's wife, his defence assistant, security commandos, and Indian Air Force personnel were reportedly among the 14 onboard.

The Indian Air Force confirmed in a tweet that the chief of defence staff was on the flight. He had taken a flight from Delhi to Sulur earlier Wednesday and that flight manifest had nine people.

"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."

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