The chopper carrying Chief of Defence Workers Normal Bipin Rawat, his spouse and 11 others had crashed into the Nilgiris yesterday 20 minutes after take-off, simply seven minutes earlier than it was alleged to land. The Air Pressure Mi-17V-5 helicopter took off from Sulur Air Base at 11:48 am and was anticipated to land by 12:15 pm at Wellington. The final radio contact with the chopper passed off at 12:08 pm and no SOS message was acquired, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh informed parliament right now.
Normal Rawat was to go to the Defence Companies Workers School to work together with the coed Officers.
The Air Site visitors Management at Sulur Air Base misplaced contact with the helicopter at roughly 12:08 pm.
Quickly after, a couple of locals noticed a fireplace within the forest close to Coonoor and rushed to the spot to search out the wreckage of the army helicopter. An unverified footage has additionally emerged that exhibits the chopper flying within the space, flying low after which disappearing into the mist.
Talking to wantpassport yesterday, Air Chief Marshal Fali H Main — former chief of the Indian Air Pressure who inducted the Mi-17V-5 chopper, expressed shock at what might have gone improper in such a short while.
“The flight time from Sulur to Wellington is just 20 to 25 minutes. What might have gone improper in such a brief flight length could be very troublesome to find out,” the Air Chief Marshal informed wantpassport.
A number of different retired Armed forces officers too, have been perplexed over the crash of the chopper which has been a workhorse of the Air Pressure and is taken into account extraordinarily dependable.
The “black field” or the flight knowledge recorder from the crashed chopper has been recovered and is anticipated to point the explanation of the crash, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh informed Parliament earlier right now.
The info will likely be examined as a part of the high-level, tri-services inquiry ordered by the Air Pressure. The inquiry will likely be led Air Marshal Manvendra Singh.
13 of the 14 occupants of the crash had died. Their final rites will happen tomorrow with full army honours.
The only survivor of the crash, Group Captain Varun Singh, who sustained extreme burn accidents, was shifted from the army hospital in Wellington to the Air Pressure’s Command Hospital in Bengaluru. Officers stated he’s in a essential situation, however stays secure.