On December 8, where 13 were killed in a chopper crash in Coonoor Tamil Nadu, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and his wife were included among them.
It all happened on December 8, due to a crash amidst Coimbatore and Sulur in Tamil Nadu, the Indian Air Force (IAF). The unfortunate event was however confirmed by evening when IAF tweeted, “With deep regret, it has now been ascertained that Gen Bipin Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat and 11 other persons on board have died in the unfortunate accident.”
Here’s the tweet:
The one who survived:
The only person to survive the chopper crash in the group is Captain Varun Singh SC, directing staff at Defence Services Staff College (DSSC). He is now under treatment at Military Hospital, Wellington.
About General Rawat:
Born on March 16, 1958, in Uttarakhand, India, Bipin Laxman Singh Rawat was India’s first CDS, assuming office on January 1, 2020. He was previously the chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee amid September 27, 2019, and December 31, 2019, and the Chief of Army Staff between December 31, 2016, and December 31, 2019.
He was awarded for gallantry and distinguished service with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal and the COAS Commendation on two occasions and the Army Commander’s Commendation during the tenure of his over 40 years of career.
Many politicians including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi extended their condolences to the family of the deceased.