Bipin Rawat: Helicopter carrying India’s most senior general crashes in Tamil Nadu


A military helicopter has crashed in southern India while carrying the country’s most senior general, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat, according to the state broadcaster.

General Rawat and his wife were among the nine persons travelling in the chopper on Wednesday.

The Indian Air Force confirmed that he had taken the chopper from Delhi to Sulur earlier today.

“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,” an Indian Air Force tweet stated.

There is no immediate confirmation of status of General Rawat or his wife.

More details are awaited.