Defense Chopper Carrying CDS Gen Bipin Rawat Crashes In TN’s Coonoor, Confirms IAF

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New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has confirmed that a helicopter carrying Chief Of Defense Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat Army crashed at Coonoor in Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. It is reported that the Army chopper was carrying other senior defense officials as well.

Reports suggest that four bodies have been recovered from the chopper crash site and three people have been rescued.

A total of 14 people including CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife, Defense Assistant, security commandos and IAF pilots were on board the chopper.

An Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

Former Army chief General Bipin Rawat was appointed the first tri-service chief on December 31, 2019, after the government introduced the Chief Of Defense Staff.

Gen Bipin Rawat was commissioned on December 16, 1978, into the Fifth Battalion of the Eleventh Gorkha Rifles of the Infantry. While graduating from the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, he was awarded the coveted ‘Sword of Honor’.

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