An Indian Air Force helicopter crashed in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat was in the board. It has been confirmed that 11 people have been killed in the incident. There was no immediate information about General Rawat’s condition.
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Two seriously injured people were rescued and taken to a hospital in Wellington district of Nilgiris district for treatment. According to sources, a total of 14 people were on board the plane.
CDS Bipin Rawat, his wife, a security guard, a security officer and an Indian Air Force pilot were on board a Mi-series helicopter when it crashed between Coimbatore and Sulur in Tamil Nadu, ANI reported. According to sources, CDS Bipin Rawat was on his way from the Indian Air Force base at Sulur near Coimbatore to the Defense Staff College in Wellington. Along with eight others, he boarded a flight from Delhi to Sulur in the early hours of Wednesday.
Images taken at the crash site of an Indian Air Force helicopter show huge flames and locals assisting in emergency rescue operations. ANI reported that the bodies seemed small. Several teams, including local military officials, have reached the area in search of rescue.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin has directed the local authorities to provide better medical facilities to those injured in the incident. The victims will be treated at the Government Hospital in Coonoor and doctors will be sent to Coimbatore for specialized care.
Rescue work continues.