Helicopter crash : Defence minister Rajnath Singh will brief the Parliament, on Thursday, on the helicopter crash of chief of defence staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat. 

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh have already been briefed on the chopper crash of CDS Bipin Rawat. 

An Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter carrying CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife and other top defence officials of India crashed at Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. 

“An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu,” the IAF said. 

The IAF has also ordered an inquiry into the incident to ascertain the cause of the accident. 

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11 people have lost their lives in the helicopter crash. 

However, the identities of those killed in the crash are yet to be revealed. 

3 people have been rescued and shifted to the hospital for treatment. 

14 people were on-board the IAF chopper that crashed between Coimbatore and Sulur in Tamil Nadu.  

Those onboard included CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, Brigadier LS Lidder, Lieutenant Colonel Harjinder Singh, Naik Gursewak Singh, Naik Jitendra Kr, Lieutenant Naik Vivek Kumar, Lieutenant Naik B Sai Teja and Havildar Satpal. 

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Local military officers are at the crash location and were told that locals have taken four bodies with almost 80 per cent burns to a local hospital.  

Few bodies have also been spoted downhill in the area of the accident.  

Efforts are on to retrieve the bodies and ascertain their identities. 

Bodies recovered from the site of the crash have been taken to Military Hospital, Wellington in Tamil Nadu. 

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