New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to report on the Army Chopper crash in Parliament. According to sources, the Defence Minister has already informed PM Narendra Modi about the issue following Army rules. The indian air force (IAF) MI-series helicopter was carrying Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Bipin Rawat, his staff and family members who crashed between Coimbatore and Sulur in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.
Four persons have died while two others have survived the accident. They are yet to be identified. According to the report, 14 persons were on board the helicopter. The Indian Air Force has confirmed the incident. In a tweet, IAF said, "An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter along with CDS General Bipin Rawat crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu today. An inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident."
Rescue and relief operations are going on, but being a forested area, there are some problems. The Tamil Nadu government has sent senior officers to the accident site. A medical team from Ooty and an expert team from Coimbatore have also left for the spot. Former Army Chief General J J Singh said that the charred bodies have been recovered which is very difficult for identification.