India’s first Chief of Defence Staff dies in Helicopter crash!
Death is raining everywhere. Yesterday it struck on Indian Defence Service killing 13 members in an air crash in south of India. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh made a statement in the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) on the Air Force helicopter crash in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. According to him, General Rawat was on his scheduled tour. On Wednesday at 11.48 a Mi-17 helicopter took off. Air Traffic Control lost its control at around 12:08 am. Later some people saw this helicopter in flames. A rescue team of the local administration reached. All the people that were removed from the remains were taken to the Military Hospital in Wellington. 13 out of 14 people died in the accident. Rajnath Singh condoled the death of 11 army officers including Bipin Rawat and wife Madhulika Rawat.
Apart from four crew members, the other passengers on board were Rawat’s wife Madhulika, Brig LS Lidder, Lt Col Harjinder Singh, NK Gursewak Singh, NK Jitendra Kr, L/Naik Vivek Kumar, L/Naik B Sai Teja and Hav Satpal. The helicopter was piloted by Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan, the Commanding Officer of the 109 Helicopter Unit at Air Force Station, Sulur.
All victims of crash have suffered burn injuries. The Mi-17V5 is considered one of the “safest” and “most modern” military transport helicopters. One must wait for the detailed investigation, but the past record of the helicopter model shows it is impeccable and 100% reliable.Continue reading