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Chopper Carrying Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, Wife Crashes

Bipin Rawat, Wife & 7 Defence Personnel Were Onboard

A helicopter carrying India’s Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, crashed near Ooty in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. Details, of the injured and of any possible casualties are awaited.

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Sources said that at least three injured people from the crash have been taken to a nearby hospital, but their identities are not confirmed yet.

According to sources, Rawat’s staff and some family members were also on board in a Mi-series helicopter.

A total of nine persons, including CDS Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, Brigadier LS Lidder, Lt Colonel Harjinder Singh, NK Gursewak Singh, NK Jitendra Kumar, Lance Naik Vivek Kumar and B Sai Teja and Havaldar Sapal were on board the ill-fated Mi-17V5 chopper, reports Times Now.

Some media reports said that Bipin Rawat and three others were injured in the helicopter crash incident, while one person is missing.

Rawat is the country’s first Chief of Defence Staff appointed on January 1, 2020.

He was appointed the head of the newly created Department of Military Affairs in one of the most significant reorganization in Defence Ministry in decades.

He had served as the Chief of the Army for three years before taking over as the CDS.

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