CDS General Bipin Rawat Death: CDS General Bipin Rawat passed away as Mi-17V5 helicopter crashed in Coonoor

Publish Date: 09 Dec, 2021 |

India lost its first Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat on Wednesday in a helicopter crash. CDS General Rawat, his wife, his security commandos and an IAF Pilot was on board Mi-17V5 when the helicopter met with an accident between Coimbatore and Sulur in Tamil Nadu.

CDS Bipin Rawat was en route to Wellington in Coonoor from the Indian Air Force base in Sulur.

14 People were traveling in the helicopter, out of which 13 people lost their lives in the accident. Among these 13 dead, were CDS General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat. 

Search and rescue operation were carried out. Local military officers reached the location and were informed that locals have taken two bodies with 80% burns to a local hospital while more bodies were seen downhill.

Indian Air force, through a tweet, confirmed the death of General Bipin Rawat. It wrote, “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.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted series of tweets offering his tribute to CDS Rawat and praising the commendable work he did.

PM wrote, "I am deeply anguished by the helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu in which we have lost Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and other personnel of the Armed Forces. They served India with utmost diligence. My thoughts are with the bereaved families."

"Gen Bipin Rawat was an outstanding soldier. A true patriot, he greatly contributed to modernising our armed forces and security apparatus. His insights and perspectives on strategic matters were exceptional. His passing away has saddened me deeply. Om Shanti."

"As India’s first CDS, Gen Rawat worked on diverse aspects relating to our armed forces including defence reforms. He brought with him a rich experience of serving in the Army. India will never forget his exceptional service."

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed grief over the loss the country has faced. He wrote, "Deeply anguished by the sudden demise of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 other Armed Forces personnel in an extremely unfortunate helicopter accident today in Tamil Nadu.His untimely death is an irreparable loss to our Armed Forces and the country."

He further wrote, "General Rawat had served the country with exceptional courage and diligence. As the first Chief of Defence Staff he had prepared plans for jointness of our Armed Forces."

Union Home Minister Amit Shah also tweeted, "A very sad day for the nation as we have lost our CDS, General Bipin Rawat Ji in a very tragic accident. He was one of the bravest soldiers, who has served the motherland with utmost devotion. His exemplary contributions & commitment cannot be put into words. I am deeply pained."


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