IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter carrying CDS Bipin Rawat crashes in Tamil Nadu

Latest reports suggest CDS Gen Bipin Rawat was rescued and taken to the hospital with burn injuries.

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Insight Bureau:  An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter carrying India’s Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat crashed in Coonoor area of Southern State of Tamil Nadu today.

A total of 14 people including Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife, Defence Assistant, security commandos and IAF pilots CDS Bipin Rawat, his staff, and some family members were on board in the Mi-series chopper that crashed between Coimbatore and Sulur.

Reports suggested that five bodies have been recovered from the chopper crash site.

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An Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident. Search and rescue operations launched from nearby bases.

Latest reports suggest CDS Gen Bipin Rawat was rescued and taken to the hospital with burn injuries.

Further details are awaited.

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