- Confirmed by the Air Force
- An inquiry has been ordered
- There were 14 people in the chopper
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The helicopter was on its way to Wellington from Sulur when it crashed in the hills. Various media outlets quoted Ooty police as saying that four bodies had been recovered from the spot. The helicopter that caught fire in the accident was completely wrecked. It is learned that 14 people, including Bipin Rawat, his wife and senior officials, were in the chopper. The PTI report quoted local sources as saying that about 80 per cent of the people rescued by rescue workers were burnt.
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In addition to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, his wife and family were in the chopper, according to the ANI news agency. But this has not been confirmed by the Air Force or the government. According to local media reports, Bipin Rawat was on his way to speak at a seminar at an institution in Wellington from the Air Force base in Sulur. The national media has also released a passenger list containing the names of senior military officers holding the ranks of brigadier and lieutenant colonel.
Meanwhile, the Air Force rescue team took over the rescue operation, which was initially led by police and locals. The rescue operation is being carried out at the Sulur air base. Some media outlets have reported that Bipin Rawat has been shifted to hospital but there is no confirmation.
Meanwhile, it is reported that Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will personally visit the spot. Three people were taken to hospital with serious injuries and four bodies were found. Official sources have not yet confirmed the health condition of Bipin Rawat. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who was shocked by the helicopter crash, tweeted that he was praying for the safety and health of the victims.