Indian Air Force chopper with Chief of Defence Staff Bibin Rawat on board crashes; 11 confirmed dead

Grave travesty struck the Indian air force today with, the chopper carrying CDS Bipin Rawat and his wife along with twelve others crashes at Coonoor. The chopper reported having crashed at a gorge in a tea estate around 7km from Coonoor. Reportedly 13 have passed away on the spot and 3 have been rescued from the crashed chopper. 1 have been pulled out of the crash with severe burn injuries and have been hospitalised at the Nilgiris Hills at Coonoor. CDS Rawat has been hospitalized and is having severe injuries, but luckily is responding to treatment so far. According to the witness, more people are trapped down under the helicopter. The Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin has asked the officials to prove the maximum facility care to CDS Rawat. The CM will be going to Coimbatore at 5 pm today to address the situation and assess it. A strong enquiry has been put up to know about the reason for the crash. As per the police sources, the chopper was on its way from the Sulur IAF base to the Defence Services College (DSC) at Wellington when it crashed. Emergency and rescue operation teams are present at the spot. Currently, it is speculated that the helicopter crashed due to poor visibility in the forest. 

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