Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his members of the family and employees have been within the military chopper that crashed between Coimbatore and Sulur in Tamil Nadu this afternoon.
The Indian Air Force confirmed on Twitter that Gen Rawat was on the flight. He had taken a flight from Delhi to Sulur earlier in the present day.
Gen Rawat is India’s first chief of defence employees, a place that was established in 2019.
The Tamil Nadu authorities has despatched senior officers to website of crash to assist in rescue operation.
Here is the record of people that have been on board the chopper that crashed:
Gen Bipin Rawat
Mrs Madhulika Rawat
Brig LS Lidder, SM,VSM
Lt Col Harjinder Singh
NK Gursewak Singh
NK Jitendra Kumar
B Sai Teja
Five crew members have been additionally there within the chopper.
The crash website within the Niligiri Hills is in a forested space, which makes entry to the wreckage a tough proposition. Visuals confirmed the wreckage scattered on the hillside and rescuers at work, struggling by means of thick smoke and fireplace.