CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife & 11 others killed in IAF chopper crash

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Several former army officers told that the Mi-17V-5 helicopters are extremely reliable and are the Air Force’s workhorses

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chopper carrying Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, his wife, and several staff members crashed in Tamil Nadu.

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The crash killed 13 people, including General Rawat and his wife, in Coonoor, a town halfway between Coimbatore and Sulur.

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Thirteen of the 14 people on board were killed, while one was rescued alive. An investigation into the crash has already been ordered by the Indian Air Force.

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The Mi-17V-5 is the most recent twin-engine iteration of the Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopter, and it is frequently used for high-altitude missions.

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Between 2008 and 2018, India purchased and inducted a significant number of these helicopters.

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The chopper is designed to “carry personnel, cargo, and equipment inside the cargo cabin or on an external sling.

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“Chopper was very reliable, safe, stable, and large” helicopter that is also used to transport VIPs such as the President and Prime Minister.

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