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IAF Chopper carrying CDS Rawat crashes due to fog!

9/12/2021 at 2:56 AM

New Delhi, Dec 8:  Chief of Defence Staff (CDS ), General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others on board in an Mi-17V5 IAF helicopter were killed after it crashed in the Coonoor area of  Tamilnadu on Wednesday.

Indian Air Force and other investigating wings of Indian army are studying the reason behind the helicopter crash.

The teams are verifying the remnants of the devoured helicopter rushing to the spot.

On the other hand, the technical wings of Indian Airforce could not ascertain the exact cause behind the mishap since the status of the war-class helicopter was duly checked. At the same time, It was perfectly inspected by higher officials through pre-delivery Inspection (PDI).

Significantly, Mi17 V5 helicopter which is one of the most reliable military transport variants in the Mi-8/17 Type of helicopters was opted to take the CDS on board.

According to its technical specifications, Mi-17V5 choppers are among the most technically advanced helicopters of the Mi-8/17 type which is mostly relied for Warfare. The helicopter has a maximum take-off a 130-quintal load. It can transport either 36 armed soldiers internally or 45 quintals of load on a sling.

At the same time it can fly with a speed of 250-kilometer per hour beating every climatic situation. It is why as many as 200 such helicopters have been inducted in Indian Air Force since 2012.Since then they are deployed in troop and arms transport, fire support, convoy escort, patrol, and search-and-rescue (SAR) missions. complex It can be easily navigated in both day and night for its  electronic display system KNEI-8, in any adverse situation.

However, the most sophisticated helicopter crashed all of sudden despite a senior crew members were deployed for its service, after few  minutes of take-off.

While the exact cause behind the crash is not studied so far, the IAF officials anticipated, the accident might have been caused for poor visibility due to heavy fog and thick cloudy sky.

However, neither the Defence Ministry nor the Indian Air Force Authorities have mentioned anything officially regarding the cause of the mishap, so far. Intensive study at the spot is going on to find out the cause behind the tragic incident which claimed at least 13 lives including the CDS.

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