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BREAKING: Again, Army Helicopter Carrying Defense Chief Crashes

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An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter carrying three to four senior officials including ‘top’ officers crashed near Coonoor in the nearby hilly Nilgiris district on Wednesday, police sources said.

India’s defense chief, Gen Bipin Rawat was on board, according to an IAF tweet. An inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident, the tweet said. 

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

The chopper was on its way from the Sulur IAF base to the Defence Services College at Wellington when it crashed, they said.

The mishap happened at Nanjappanchathiram area amid heavy mist and early visuals showed the helicopter in flames.

Brig Lidder, the Military Attache to the CDS, was also on board.

Madhulika Rawat, wife of the CDS, and four others, besides the pilot were on board.

There was no immediate information on possible casualty or injuries. With PTI

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