February 6, 2023

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Helicopter crash with Indian defense chief: seven dead

Helicopter crash with Indian defense chief: seven dead

A helicopter carrying Indian Defense Chief General Bipin Rawat crashed Wednesday in the southeastern corner of Tamil Nadu state. This was announced by the Air Force. Seven of the fourteen people on board perished. It was not clear if Rawat was among the survivors.

General Bipin Rawat and his wife were on a helicopter with 12 others on their way to the Army Officers Training Center when the plane ran into trouble. The plane crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. This writes the Indian Air Force on Twitter. “An investigation has been launched to find out the cause of the accident,” she added.

The fate of the defense minister remains unclear. Ramachandran, Minister of Forestry of Tamil Nadu, K. Ramachandran, who arrived at the scene, told the newspaper that at least seven bodies had been found. Times of India. Some of the injured have already been taken to hospital.

Videos on Indian news channels show the wreckage of the burning plane at the site of the accident. It is a densely forested area, in the Nilgiris district, near the destination of the plane. The plane crashed ten kilometers from the nearest road. Another fire chief said that as a result, rescuers had to reach the site on foot.

General Bipin Rawat (63), who is considered close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is India’s first defense minister. The government created this position in 2019.

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