Deadly helicopter crash in India

December 8, 2021
Deadly helicopter crash in India

They served India with utmost diligence. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a helicopter crash that killed 13, including India’s top military general.
  • 13 on board the helicopter died; one survivor is being treated at a military hospital. India's military chief, General Bipin Rawat, and his wife were both killed in the accident, along with other defense personnel.
  • The helicopter crashed in the mountainous town of Coonoor while on its way to a military training college. The cause of the crash has not yet been determined.
  • General Rawat served for more than four decades and his actions were praised by many, though controversial to others. The prime minister said that General Rawat "was an outstanding soldier. A true patriot, he greatly contributed to modernising our armed forces and security apparatus. His insights and perspectives on strategic matters were exceptional."

Big Picture: The type of helicopter that crashed, a Russian-made Mi-17V5, is often used to transport both military personnel and government officials to certain locations. In 2017, an Mi-17V5 crash led to the death of seven military personnel, The Associated Press reports. The Indian Air Force stated: "An Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident."

India's military chief, 12 others killed in helicopter crash (Associated Press)

Bipin Rawat, India's Top Military Official, Dies in Helicopter Crash (The Wall Street Journal)

India's top military chief among 13 killed in the air force helicopter crash (CNN)

by Jenna Lee,

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