Chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat has died in the helicopter crash.

This has been confirmed by the Indian Air Force.

“With deep regret, it has now been ascertained that Gen Bipin Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat and 11 other persons on board have died in the unfortunate accident,” the IAF said.

“Around noon today, an IAF Mi 17 V5 helicopter with a crew of 4 members carrying the CDS and 9 other passengers met with a tragic accident near Coonoor, TN,” the IAF said.

It added: “Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) was on a visit to Defence Services Staff College, Wellington (Nilgiri Hills) to address the faculty and student officers of the Staff Course today.”

The mortal remains of CDS General Bipin Rawat and his wife along with other armed forces personnel killed in the helicopter crash are expected to arrive in Delhi by tomorrow evening.

(This is a breaking story)

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