CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, Wife Among 13 Killed In Chopper Crash

Bhubaneswar: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has confirmed that Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat have died in the chopper crash near Coonoor on Wednesday afternoon.

“With deep regret, it has now been ascertained that Gen Bipin Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat and 11 other persons on board have died in the unfortunate accident,” the IAF Tweeted.

Around noon today, an IAF Mi 17 V5 helicopter with a crew of 4 members carrying the CDS and 9 other passengers met with a tragic accident near Coonoor, TN.

“Group Captain Varun Singh SC, Directing Staff at Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) with injuries is currently under treatment at Military Hospital, Wellington,” the IAF stated.

Gen Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) was on a visit to Defence Services Staff College, Wellington (Nilgiri Hills) to address the faculty and student officers of the Staff Course today.