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6.06 pm: Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, his wife and 12 others have died in the helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu, says Air Force.
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.
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) December 8, 2021
5.45 pm: Nilgiris collector SP Amrith tells PTI that 13 of the 14 people on board the helicopter have died. “There is one male survivor,” he adds.
There is still no official statement on General Bipin Rawat’s condition.
5.36 pm: Army chief MM Naravane also visits Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat home in Delhi.
— IndiaToday (@IndiaToday) December 8, 2021
5.30 pm: Bipin Rawat is India’s first chief of defence staff, a position that the Indian government established in 2019. The post was set up with the aim of integrating the three services – the Army, the Air Force and the Navy.
5.25 pm: The Indian Army takes control of the crash site, reports The Hindu.
5.20 pm: The Cabinet Committee on Security will meet today at 6.30 pm after the Air Force’s Mi-17V5 helicopter crashed in Tamil Nadu.
5.15 pm: Political leaders pray for the well-being of Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat as an Indian…