An Indian Air Force helicopter with Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat on board met with a mishap on Wednesday close to Coonoor in Tamil Nadu, the IAF said, as four individuals were killed in the disaster that occurred apparently because of low perceivability inferable from hazy conditions.
Nonetheless, there was no quick data on the state of Gen Rawat, even as the IAF said a Court of Inquiry had been requested into the mishap, including a Mi-17VH choppper that took from the Sulur IAF station in neighboring Coimbatore.
There were 14 individuals, including the pilots, on board.
Alongside General Rawat, his significant other Madhulika Rawat, Brigadier LS Lidder, Lieutenant Colonel Harjinder Singh, Naik Gursewak Singh, Naik Jitender Kumar, Naik Vivek Kumar, Naik B Sai Teja, Havaldar Satpal and pilots were going in the chopper.
Official sources in Delhi said every one of the harmed individuals on board had been emptied. The Chief of Defense Staff was en route to the Defense Staff College in Wellington.
In the mean time, official sources in Coimbatore said four bodies had been recovered and three individuals saved from under the garbage of the helicopter which smashed in Katteri-Nanchappanchathram region close to Coonoor in the uneven Nilgiris locale.
The helicopter was in transit from Sulur in Coimbatore to Defense Staff College in Wellington where Rawat, alongside Chief of Army Staff MM Naravane, was scheduled to take an interest in an occasion later.
The chopper slammed in a woodland region, apparently because of helpless perceivability following weighty mist, official sources said.
Television visuals showed the chopper on fire, evidently under the effect of the accident. Salvage faculty, alongside Army work force, were seen engaged with clearing the region. With PTI and IANS