Wednesday, November 30, 2022

    Nation mourns the tragic demise of CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and others killed in helicopter crash

    Tamil Nadu: In one of the India’s greatest military tragedy, the country was in shock to learn the tragic and sudden demise of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others died after the Mi-17V5 helicopter crashed in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

    CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, Brigadier LS Lidder, the military advisor to the Chief of Defence Staff, and staff officer Lt Col Harjinder Singh, Wing Commander PS Chauhan, Squadron Leader K Singh, JWO Das, JWO Pradeep A, Havildar Satpal, Naik Gursewak Singh, Naik Jitender Kumar, Lance Naik Vivek Kumar and Lance Naik Sai Teja were on-board when their IAF Mi-17 helicopter crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiris district on the afternoon of December 8, 2021. Group Captain Varun Singh is the lone survivor of the crash and is battling for life in critical condition at the military hospital in Wellington, Tamil Nadu.

    Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor who’s in critical condition getting treated at Army Hospital in Wellington, Tamil Nadu.

    Group Captain Varun Singh was awarded the Shaurya Chakra on this year’s Independence Day for saving his LCA Tejas fighter aircraft during an aerial emergency in 2020.

    The accident of the ill-fated helicopter occurred when the CDS General Bipin Rawat was on his way to deliver a speech at the Wellington Staff college at 2.30 pm to the young cadet officers.

    According to eyewitnesses at the crash site in Connor had said that three persons, including Gen. Rawat, had been rescued alive with severe burn injuries and shifted to the Military Hospital in Wellington, where Gen. Rawat succumbed to his injuries soon afterwards.

    Here are few images

    Last moments video before accident

    The locals captured last moments of the Indian Air Force Mi-17V5 helicopter carrying Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and 13 others before it disappeared in what appear as thick fog.

    The nation mourns the tragic demise of CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and 13 others in the helicopter accident.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ramnath Kovind, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi offered condolences on the tragedy.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his tweet said he was an “outstanding soldier and a true patriot”.

    “Gen Bipin Rawat was an outstanding soldier. A true patriot, he greatly contributed to modernising our armed forces and security apparatus,” Modi said in a tweet.

    President Ramnath Kovind in his condolence message said “The nation has lost one of its bravest sons”. He further added “It’s deeply painful for me to learn of the loss of lives in the chopper crash. I join the fellow citizens in paying tributes to each of those who died while performing their duty. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.”

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi termed CDS Bipin Rawat’s death as “unprecedented tragedy”.

    (With inputs from PTI )

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