Former Indian Army chief Bipin Rawat dies in helicopter crash

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Indian Army Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat has been confirmed dead in a helicopter crash.

The Indian Air Force announced his death in a tweet.

A total of 14 people were on board the helicopter.

Of them, 13 died.

The helicopter carrying Rawat had crashed in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.

The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the demise of General Rawat.

“I am deeply saddened by the helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu, in which we lost General Bipin Rawat, his wife, and other members of the armed forces who served India with all their might. My condolences to the families of the deceased,” he wrote on Twitter. “

An inquiry has been ordered into the crash of an Indian Air Force MI-17V5 helicopter, the military said.

General Rawat is a former Chief of the Indian Army and will be India’s first Chief of Defense Staff in January 2020.

Along with General Rawat, his wife also died.

Videos available on social media after the crash showed the helicopter in a completely damaged condition and smoke coming out of its parts.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu Forest Minister K Ramachandran had said that five people had died and two others were in critical condition after visiting the site.

Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will address the parliament to provide information about the accident.