Guwahati: Thirteen people have been confirmed dead after the Indian Air Force helicopter in which Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat was travelling crashed on Wednesday, December 8. Identities of the bodies to be confirmed through DNA testing.
The Mi17 V5 Helicopter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) carrying Chief of Defence, Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and other officers crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor.
While some dead bodies were recovered from the site of the crash (between Coimbatore and Sulur where a military chopper crashed), some succumbed to their injuries at the hospital.
Meanwhile, Defence minister Rajnath Singh has briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the incident.
He provided complete details of available information about the accident.
His brief included details of the crash and response measures taken.
Sources from the defence minister’s office said Rajnath Singh is monitoring the situation closely.
As per latest updates, a meeting of senior Ministry of Defence officials is on.
Rajnath Singh also briefed the Union Cabinet on the incident.
He is slated to address the Parliament on the incident later on tomorrow.
However, there is no immediate information on the condition of General Rawat yet.