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The CDS chopper crash investigation will be briefed to Rajnath Singh today

Rajnath Singh will be presented with a detailed report by a tri-services inquiry team led by an Indian Air Force officer.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) will brief Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday about the causes of the Mi-17 chopper crash on December 8, which killed the late Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, his wife, and 12 other military personnel.

Rajnath Singh will be given a detailed presentation by a tri-services inquiry team led by an Indian Air Force officer, according to news agency ANI.

According to the report, the investigation team for the chopper crash included a senior Indian Navy chopper pilot and an Army officer.

According to ANI, the tri-services inquiry team has also made recommendations for revising the standard operating procedures for helicopters transporting senior defence officials.

Rajnath Singh
Rajnath Singh

The crew should be made up of a mix of master green and other category pilots, according to one of the many recommendations. The ‘Master green’ designation is given to the best pilots in the three forces’ transport aircraft and helicopter fleets, as they are the only ones capable of landing or taking off in low visibility.

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A Mi-17V5 crash near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, claimed the lives of General Rawat and 13 others. According to a report by PTI citing sources, the IAF’s Mi-17V5 helicopter crashed due to a technical error. However, no official confirmation has been received.

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