The Indian Air Force helicopter carrying the chief of the country’s Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat, crashed on Wednesday in the town of Coonoor, in the state of Tamil Nadu, killing at least five people, they report local media.
So far, emergency teams have managed to rescue two people alive, while the search for other crew members of the crashed aircraft continues. According to sources, a total of fourteen people were on board the helicopter.
The two injured were taken to hospital with severe burns.
According to the agency YEARS, aboard the helicopter were Bipin Rawat, his staff and several members of his family. The Indian Air Force confirmed the event on its Twitter account, noting that its causes are still being investigated.
An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.An Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) December 8, 2021
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