An Indian Air Force Mi-17V5 helicopter carrying several people, including CDS General Bipin Rawat, crashed in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. However, the exact cause of the accident is not yet known. According to media reports, this accident happened due to low-visibility after dense fog. The helicopter was carrying 14 people, including Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat. So far 13 bodies have been recovered from the spot. Rescue operation is on. It is being said that something can be said only after the identification of dead bodies by DNA test.
13 people died
Rescue is on at the spot. Till now no information has been received about the condition of CDS General Bipin Rawat. Police and force are continuously doing rescue work. The incident was very scary. Due to the incident, there is an atmosphere of fear among the people around. An eyewitness told the eyes of the accident, hearing which the soul will tremble. The name of the eyewitness is Krishnasamy. He told that first he heard the sound of something falling loudly. After which he came out of the house and saw that a helicopter in front has become a ball of fire hitting the trees. Witnesses said the helicopter was on fire and some people were jumping from the helicopter to save their lives. Those people were also in the grip of fire. Krishnasamy gathered his comrades and started the rescue operation. Of all the dead bodies found, they have been burnt up to 80 percent.
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People jumped from helicopter to save lives
In view of the accident, the police have diverted the route. Vehicles traveling from Coonoor to Ooty are stopped at Mettupalayam and are being diverted via Kothagiri route. At the same time, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has reached the residence of CDS Bipin Rawat. A statement from the Indian Air Force said that a Court of Inquiry has been ordered regarding the accident. According to the information, the helicopter was taking CDS General Bipin Rawat to Defense Staff College in Wellington when the accident happened.
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