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Chopper carrying CDS Bipin Rawat crashes in Tamil Nadu

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Srinagar: Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat was among top Army officers on board an IAF helicopter which crashed in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, reports said.

News agency ANI while quoting sources reported that General Rawat, his wife and other staff were on board the Mi series chopper that crashed in the area falling between Coimbatore and Sulur.

Along with General Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, Brigadier L.S. Lidder, Lieutenant Colonel Harjinder Singh, Naik Gursewak Singh, Naik Jitender Kumar, Naik Vivek Kumar, Naik B. Sai Teja, Havaldar Satpal and pilots were travelling in the chopper.

Confirming about General Rawat presence, Indian Air Force tweeted, “An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.”

The force said that an inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

The rescued suffered serious injuries and have been taken to Wellington cantonment.

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

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