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Chopper Crash: Stalin to leave for Coimbatore, Defence minister Rajnath to brief

Chopper Crash: Stalin to leave for Coimbatore, Defence minister Rajnath to brief

In Parliament, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will make a remark about the IAF helicopter disaster at Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, with Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat.

According to sources, Singh is keeping an eye on the situation and has informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the incident. He’s not likely to go to the crash scene right now. A meeting of senior defence ministry personnel is currently taking place.

MK Stalin, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, would leave for Coimbatore at 5 p.m. and travel to the Nilgiris district crash scene. Vivek Ram Chaudhuri, the chief of the Indian Air Force, is also flying to the crash site.

According to sources, there were 14 passengers on board the ill-fated chopper, including the crew, four of whom were killed and others rescued in critical condition.

The people that were rescued were transferred to adjacent government and military hospitals. According to the IAF, a Court of Inquiry into the mishap involving a Mi-17VH helicopter that took off from the Sulur IAF Station in adjacent Coimbatore has been ordered.

The Chief of Defence Staff was on his way to Wellington for the Defence Staff College. The helicopter went down near Coonoor in the hilly Nilgiris district, in the Katteri-Nanchappanchathram area.

By TIS Staffer
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