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IAF chopper with CDS Bipin Rawat on board crashes in Tamil Nadu

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An Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter with chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat on board crashed near Conoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. The CDS was accompanied by his wife Madhulika Rawat, his staff and other officers, people familiar with the development said.

While official confirmation is awaited on condition of the passengers onboard, here’s what we know so far:

– Defence minister Rajnath Singh may brief Parliament on the chopper crash.

– According to PTI inputs, four bodies have been found, while three injured persons were rescued from the crash site.

– The bodies found at the site of the crash (between Coimbatore and Sulur) have been taken to the government hospital in Coonoor.

– Some of the rescued are also being taken to the military hospital in Wellington, Tamil Nadu, an ANI input said quoting sources.

– According to passenger details, besides Rawat and his wife, Brig LS Lidder, Lt Col Harjinder Singh, NK Gurusewak Singh, NK Jitendra Kumar, L/NK Vivek Kumar, L/NK B sai Teja, Hav Satpal were flying from Delhi to Sulur on the chopper.

– An inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident, the IAF said on its official Twitter handle.

– Latest reports suggested 14 passengers were on board from Sulur to Wellington. Rescue operation is still on with local police and the Army.

– Eight ambulances are on the spot.

– While there is no official word on injuries sustained by the occupants of the IAF’s new Mi-17 V5 helicopter, images available from the site revealed some of the passengers have suffered grievous injuries.

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