CDS Bipin Rawat was found alive at Mi-17V5 helicopter crash site

Gen Bipin Rawat, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, his wife Madhulika and 11 other armed forces personnel died when they were being ferried on an IAF Mi-17V5 chopper that crashed in Tamil Nadu on December 8, 2021.

 

New Delhi: Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat was alive when he was pulled out of the crashed IAF Mi-17V5 chopper, a fireman who was part of the rescue team said. The rescuer said the late CDS also told his name when he was being evacuated from the wreckage of the IAF helicopter. Besides, CDS Rawat, another person was also extricated from the wreckage, who was later identified as Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor in the accident.

The fireman claimed that when CDS Rawat was pulled out of the wreckage of the Mi-17V5 helicopter, he told his name and died on his way to the hospital, a report published in ToI stated.

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, Brigadier LS Lidder, the military advisor to the Chief of Defence Staff, and staff officer Lt Col Harjinder Singh, Wing Commander PS Chauhan, Squadron Leader K Singh, JWO Das, JWO Pradeep A, Havildar Satpal, Naik Gursewak Singh, Naik Jitender Kumar, Lance Naik Vivek Kumar and Lance Naik Sai Teja were killed when their IAF Mi-17 helicopter crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiris district on the afternoon of December 8, 2021.

A local, who resides near the crash site, said that he saw 12 bodies scattered near the site of the accident. Speaking to IANS, Ravi, the eyewitness of the crash, said he heard a loud sound and saw a helicopter in flames coming down. Soon, he along with a few nearby residents rushed to the accident spot and found 12 charred bodies.

“We rescued two persons but they were struggling for life. An ambulance took them to the Army hospital, Wellington,” he said.

Another local, identified as Krishna Moorthy, who also rushed to the spot to help the injured, said that “the two persons whom we rescued had little life in them.”

The accident happened when the CDS was o his way to deliver a speech at the Wellington Staff college at 2.30 pm to the young cadet officers.

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