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Gen Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash Updates: IAF chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari arrives at crash site

A day after Chief of Defense Staff Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika and 11 others were killed in an IAF chopper near Coonoor, IAF Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari arrived at the crash site. Today, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh is all set to brief Parliament about the tragic helicopter crash that took place yesterday.

The mortal remains of the victims were transported to the Madras Regimental Centre from Military Hospital, Wellington on Thursday for a wreath-laying ceremony. All top officials of the state from the military attended the ceremony.

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The sole survivor of the helicopter crash was Group Captain Varun Singh, decorated with Shaurya Chakra on Independence Day. He is currently undergoing treatment for injuries in the same hospital. General Bipin Rawat, 63 years old, was travelling to the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington where he was scheduled to give a lecture. His wife, Madhulika Rawat was the president of the Defence Wifes Welfare Association was accompanying the CDS staff members. General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat will be laid to rest at Delhi Cantt on Friday.

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Rajnath Singh paid tribute to the victims of the IAF chopper crash today. He addressed his tribute in Lok Sabha today stating the details about the incident. He said that the 17 V% helicopters took off from Sulur Air Base at 11.48 AM yesterday and were going to land in Wellington by 12.15 PM and the last contact they had with the helicopter was around 12.08 PM. Few locals found the fire and then rushed to see what happened; eventually, they found the crash site and reported it.

The Rajya Sabha observed a 2-minute silence on the demise of Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife and the 11 other military personnel who died in the crash.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha that the Indian Air Force has ordered a tri-service inquiry to look into the military chopper crash. The investigation will be managed by Air marshal Manavendra Singh. He also added that the inquiry team reached Wellington yesterday.

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