Coonoor IAF chopper crash: 13 out of 14 on-board dead, CDS Rawat’s condition unclear


< img src="" class="ff-og-image-inserted" > Coonoor: 13 out of the 14 on board the fatal Indian Flying force Mi-17V5 helicopter which crashed near Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor have actually died, news company ANI priced quote sources as stating.

The IAF helicopter, with Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat on board, had crashed supposedly due to low visibility owing to foggy conditions.

Nevertheless, there was no instant info on the condition of Gen Rawat, even as the IAF said a Court of Query has been purchased into the accident, involving a Mi-17VH chopper that removed from the Sulur IAF Station in neighboring Coimbatore.

Television visuals revealed the severely harmed chopper in flames, perhaps under the effect of the crash. Apparently, a significant disaster was avoided as the helicopter fell at some distance far from a human habitation, preventing possible mass casualties.

The mishap site was a scene of despair with trees being lowered to broken pieces under the impact of the crash, flames from the chopper engulfing the wood logs leading to billowing smoke and personnel scooting to douse the fire, consisting of utilizing buckets and water tube. What seemed to be some charred bodies were also seen lying around.

The mangled and burnt remains of the unfortunate IAF chopper were strewn along the site, even as rescue services workers were seen carrying bodies in stretchers to be transferred through waiting ambulances.

The accident site remained out of bounds for civilians.

Authorities sources in New Delhi said all the hurt individuals on board the helicopter had been evacuated from the area of the accident.

The helicopter, bring a few senior authorities, was on its way from Sulur in Coimbatore to DSC in Wellington where Rawat, together with Chief of Army Personnel MM Naravane, was slated to take part in an event later, the sources included.

Rescue workers, in addition to Army guys, were seen included in clearing the location.

Medical teams from nearby Coimbatore, consisting of burns professionals, have actually likewise been sent out to Coonoor to deal with the injured.

On The Other Hand, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin will go to Coonoor and will leave for Coimbatore by air later in the day.

Rawat is India’s first chief of defence staff, a position that the Indian federal government established in 2019, and is viewed as near to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Rawat originates from a military family with a number of generations having served in the Indian militaries.

The general, who has 4 decades of service behind him, has actually commanded forces in Indian-administered Kashmir and along the Line of Actual Control bordering China.

He is credited with lowering revolt on India’s northeastern frontier and monitored a cross-border counter-insurgency operation into neighbouring Myanmar.

Released at Wed, 08 Dec 2021 02:32:05 -0600