Indian Army chief’s helicopter crashes due to bad weather: report

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India’s defense ministry has said in a preliminary investigation report by the Armed Forces ‘Court of Inquiry that the chief of the armed forces’ helicopter had crashed due to a sudden change in weather.

General Bipin Rawat and 13 others were aboard an Indian Air Force helicopter that crashed in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in December last year.

According to Reuters news agency, the Indian government on Friday said in a statement regarding the preliminary investigation into the accident that a helicopter crash occurred last month due to cloudy weather due to unpredictable weather, in which General Bipin Rawat and 13 others were killed. Others were killed.

The Indian Ministry of Defense, citing a preliminary inquiry by the Court of Inquiry set up by the country’s armed forces, said the crash was the result of a helicopter entering the clouds due to an unexpected change in weather conditions in the valley.

Preliminary investigations revealed that due to a sudden change in the weather, the helicopter entered the clouds, which did not determine the direction.

“The Court of Inquiry has ruled out any technical glitch, intentional or negligent,” the defense ministry said in a statement, according to AFP.

The Indian Defense Ministry says the investigation team examined the flight data recorder, cockpit voice recorder to compile a preliminary report, and also questioned eyewitnesses.

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It may be recalled that the accident took place on December 8, when the 63-year-old Chief of Defense Staff along with his wife and 12 others were on their way to the Defense Services Staff College on a Russian-made Mi-17V5 helicopter.

General Bipin Rawat was India’s first Chief of Defense Staff. He was appointed to the post on December 31, 2016.

The post was created by the Indian government in 2019 and is considered close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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