Chopper Crash Became General Bipin Rawat’s Cause of Death
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat’s cause of death was clarifed after he and his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 others passed away on Wednesday (December 12, 2021.) May they all rest in peace.
General Bipin Rawat, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff General, lost his life on Wednesday when an Indian Air Force helicopter ferrying him and 13 others crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu.
The crash happened as Rawat was on his way to the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington. It is being speculated that the crash occured due to low visibility in foggy conditions.
“With deep regret, it has now been ascertained that Gen Bipin Rawat, Mrs. Madhulika Rawat, and 11 other persons on board have died in the unfortunate accident,” the Indian Air Force (IAF) stated in a Twitter post late Wednesday.
“Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) was on a visit to Defence Services Staff College, Wellington (Nilgiri Hills) to address the faculty and student officers of the Staff Course today,” the IAF said in a second post.
“Around noon today (Wednesday), an IAF Mi 17 V5 helicopter with a crew of 4 members carrying the CDS and 9 other passengers met with a tragic accident near Coonoor, TN,” the IAF stated.
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“Gp Capt (Group Captain) Varun Singh SC, Directing Staff at DSSC (Defence Services Staff College) with injuries is currently under treatment at Military Hospital, Wellington,” the IAF said.
Rawat, an ex-Indian army chief, took office as the first CDS on 1 January 2020 at the start of a three-year term. He was the one-point defense advisor to the Defence Minister. He was additionally charged with carrying out some of the country’s key defense reforms, creating synergy among the three services by merging their 17 different commands into four or five joint commands. The new commands were to focus on specific borders.
General Bipin Rawat’s Cause of Death Was a Big Shock
General Bipin Rawat’s cause of death was reported as the injuries he suffered in the crash! The security protocol evolved after the 1963 crash deemed that no two senior officers of the same force or different forces would travel in the same chopper – particularly the chiefs of the three services.
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The Russian-made Mi-17V5 helicopter in which Rawat, his wife, two senior military aides, and his security detail were traveling in, was being piloted by Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan, the Commanding Officer of the 109 Helicopter unit, ANI news agency quoting sources reported.
The crash on Wednesday is seen as one of the worst in Indian military history.
Another crash in 1963 near Poonch in Kashmir killed Lt General Daulat Singh, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Command, Let General Bikram Singh, Corps Commander, Major General N.D. Nanavati, Brigadier Sri ram Oberoi, Air Vice Marshal E.W. Pinto, Air Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Command and Flight Lt.S.S Sodhi.
“Deeply anguished by the sudden demise of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife, and 11 other Armed Forces personnel in an extremely unfortunate helicopter accident today in Tamil Nadu. His untimely death is an irreparable loss to our Armed Forces and the country,” tweeted.
“General Rawat had served the country with exceptional courage and diligence. As the first Chief of Defence Staff he had prepared plans for jointness of our Armed Forces,” Singh announced.