, Dec 8 () –
The Indian Air Force helicopter in which the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, General Bipin Rawat, was traveling, crashed this Wednesday morning in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in the south of the country.
The aircraft was transporting several senior officials from the Ministry of Defense when it suffered an accident in the Nilgiris district. According to information close to the matter, at least four people died on the spot, although there were more than a dozen aboard the helicopter.
The helicopter was covering the distance between the Sulur air base and the city of Wellington, in Tamil Nadu. At the moment, three senior officials have been rescued alive, although search work is being carried out in the impact area, according to information from the newspaper ‘The Hindustan Times’.
The injured are being transferred to a local hospital as the local population participates in search and rescue efforts. The Indian Air Force, for its part, has confirmed the accident and Rawat’s presence on board the aircraft, but has not provided further details on the status of the passengers.
However, the Army has announced that an investigation has been opened to determine the causes of the accident.