IAF Chopper crash: Lone survivor Group Captain Varun Singh no more


Guwahati: Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the IAF helicopter crash near Coonoor succumbed to his injuries this morning, the Indian Air Force has said.

“IAF is deeply saddened to inform the passing away of braveheart Group Captain Varun Singh, who succumbed this morning to the injuries sustained in the helicopter accident on 08 Dec 21. IAF offers sincere condolences and stands firmly with the bereaved family,” read the statement issued by the Air Force.

He was undergoing treatment at Command Hospital in Bengaluru.

On 9 december, Group Captain Singh was shifted to the Command Hospital in Bengaluru from Wellington in Tamil Nadu.

He was admitted to a hospital in Wellington with severe burn injuries on Wednesday following the crash.

Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 11 armed forces personnel were killed in the Mi-17V5 helicopter crash near Coonoor.

Group Captain Singh, a decorated officer, was on board the Russian-made chopper as the liaison officer for the visit of Gen Rawat, India’s senior-most military officer, to the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington.

He was conferred the Shaurya Chakra in August for averting a possible mid-air accident after his Tejas light combat aircraft developed a major technical snag last year.