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Bipin Rawat: India's top general dies in helicopter crash

Added 12-08-21 08:04:02am EST - “Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat was in the helicopter which crashed in southern India.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Bipin Rawat: India's top general dies in helicopter crash”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

India's top military commander has died in a helicopter crash in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the air force says.

Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others were travelling in the Mi-17V5 helicopter that came down in hills near Coonoor city.

Images from the crash site showed thick plumes of smoke billowing from the mangled remains of the helicopter, and local people trying to put out the fire.

The helicopter had just taken off from the army base in Sulur, and was headed for Wellington town, less than 100km (62 miles) away.

Although the Mi-17V5 is among the most sophisticated military transport helicopters, India's ageing air force fleet is often blamed for a high number of crashes.

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