Helicopter Lost In Crash

A military helicopter crashed in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, killing twelve. Among the dead was India’s Defense Chief of Staff General Bipin Rawat.

Initially, Indian Air Force officials were unable to confirm if General Rawat was lost. “We don’t know yet,” a military source told Reuters, as he was asked about the situation with General Rawat, as troops and first responders rushed to the crash site near the town of Coonoor. 

 Tamil Nadu forests minister K. Ramachandran said from the scene of the crash that at least seven bodies were recovered from the crash scene almost immediately, according to the Times of India.

The Mi-17V5. Image; Russian Helicopters, JSC

“An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu,” the Indian Air Force said in a post on Twitter.