(AbsoluteNews.com) – In 2011, Russia began supplying the world’s most advanced Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters to the Indian Air Force (IAF). Unfortunately, on December 8, one of the helicopters crashed in southern India, killing 13 of the 14 people on board. Two of those who didn’t survive were India’s military chief, General Bipin Rawat, and his wife Madhulika. The lone survivor, Group Captain Varun Singh, is in a military hospital in Tamil Nadu receiving treatment.
The helicopter was transporting the passengers from an Air Force base to a military college in the southern part of India when it went down near Coonoor.
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacted to the crash by honoring everyone who died saying they all “served India with utmost diligence.” He pointed to General Rawat as a patriot and an excellent soldier.
India’s Chief of Defense Staff appointed General Rawat to his position in 2019, which integrated the country’s Army and Navy with the Air Force. Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh posted that his death is an “irreparable loss” to the country.
Considering the general’s contribution to strategic military matters, his strong convictions, and his courageous leadership, replacing him in the position is sure to be difficult. The Indian Air Force is investigating the accident.
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