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CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 other persons on board have died in a chopper crash in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday

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Latest live news: An Indian Air Force helicopter carrying the Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and his entourage crashed on Wednesday near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu in apparently foggy conditions, killing 13 people on board, the IAF and other officials said.

It has now been ascertained that Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 other persons died in helicopter accident in Coonoor, said IAF.

The IAF said a Court of Inquiry has been ordered into the accident, involving a Mi-17VH helicopter which took off from the Sulur IAF Station in nearby Coimbatore.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh expressed anguish over the demise of first Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others.

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First Published: Wed, December 08 2021. 06:51 IST