Chopper Crash: PM Modi Meets Senior Ministers

Army Chopper Crash: Following army protocol, Defence minister Rajnath Singh has already briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue, sources said.

Chopper Crash: PM Modi Meets Senior Ministers

Tamil Nadu Chopper Crash: The IAF Mi-series chopper crashed in Coonoor, spot between Coimbatore and Sulur

New Delhi:

Defence minister Rajnath Singh is likely to brief parliament on the crash of an army chopper in the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu tomorrow. The Chief of Defence Staff, Bipin Rawat, his wife and staff members were among the 13 people who died in the chopper crash in Coonoor, a spot between Coimbatore and Sulur, earlier today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was briefed about the crash by Mr Singh soon after it took place, is meeting the Cabinet Committee of Security, a group of senior ministers.

The country's top decision-making body on internal security and defence policy, chaired by the Prime Minister, includes the ministers of Defence, Home, External Affairs and Finance. In December 2019, they had named the four-star general as the first Chief Of Defence Staff.

Mr Singh, who for now, will not travel to Tamil Nadu, tweeted:

The Indian Air Force, which confirmed the crash earlier today, has tweeted the news of General Rawat's death.

Rescue and relief operations at the spot took several hours, the job being made difficult by the terrain. The Tamil Nadu government sent senior officials to the crash site. A medical team from Ooty and experts from Coimbatore also rushed to the spot.

The chopper had taken off from the army base in Coimbatore's Sulur and was on way to Wellington in Udhagamandalam. General Rawat, it is believed, was to visit the Defence Services Staff College located there.

The Mi series choppers are the workhorse of the Indian Air Force and are used in high-altitude operations. They are also used to ferry VIPs, including the Prime Minister.

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