Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 11 other people on board an Indian Air Force helicopter died in a crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, the Indian Air Force said.
"Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) was on a visit to Defence Services Staff College, Wellington (Nilgiri Hills) to address the faculty and student officers of the Staff Course today," it said.
"With deep regret, it has now been ascertained that Gen Bipin Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat and 11 other persons on board have died in the unfortunate accident," the IAF tweeted.
On the demise of the officers including Gen Bipin Rawat, poilticians and leaders extended their condolences to the deceased and their families. From President Ram Nath Kovind, Nitin Gadkari to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, leaders have condoled demise and extended support to the families of deceased.
I am shocked and anguished over the untimely demise of Gen. Bipin Rawat and his wife, Madhulika ji. The nation has lost one of its bravest sons. His four decades of selfless service to the motherland was marked by exceptional gallantry and heroism. My condolences to his family.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) December 8, 2021
I extend my condolences to the family of Gen Bipin Rawat and his wife.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 8, 2021
This is an unprecedented tragedy and our thoughts are with their family in this difficult time.
Heartfelt condolences also to all others who lost their lives.
India stands united in this grief.
Heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of CDS Gen. Bipin Rawat ji, his wife Smt. Madhulika Rawat and 11 armed forces personnel on board the ill-fated helicopter.— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) December 8, 2021
Deeply shocked at tragic demise of CDS General Bipin Rawat and his wife.— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) December 8, 2021
We worked closely together in the last few years. It is a huge loss to the nation.
Heartbreaking & extremely tragic that a proud son of Mother India has been lost.— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) December 8, 2021
India will always remember his selfless service. He will always remain alive in our hearts. I salute Late Gen #BipinRawat
My condolences to his family & the entire nation.
Legends never die 🙏 https://t.co/B2YOh80evR
Its a moment of grief that we lost 13 lives including the lives of CDS Gen. #BipinRawat Ji, his wife, his pilot and other defence personnels in an unfortunate Helicopter crash.— Dr. Nitin Raut 🇮🇳 (@NitinRaut_INC) December 8, 2021
Its highly saddening! May the departed souls Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/AiO2RsyDQ2
Deeply disturbed to know about the demise of CDS General #BipinRawat, his wife & other armed forces officials in an unfortunate Mi-17 helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu.— Vijay Rupani (@vijayrupanibjp) December 8, 2021
My condolences to his family & friends. pic.twitter.com/RpcFi8Rzpo
General #BipinRawat’s sudden passing is a monumental loss to the nation. I convey my sincere condolences to his family and to the families of other deceased officers & ranks. I pray that God gives them the strength to bear this loss.— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) December 8, 2021
Deeply saddened by tragic & untimely demise of CDS Gen #BipinRawat, his wife & other colleagues in helicopter crash. He will be remembered as a brave soldier who served motherland with exemplary devotion & courage. Condolences to all affected families & members in Armed forces. pic.twitter.com/PRBhTQPx8L— Balasaheb Thorat (@bb_thorat) December 8, 2021
Deeply pained by the sudden demise of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife & 11 other Armed Forces personnel in an unfortunate accident today.— Shobha Karandlaje (@ShobhaBJP) December 8, 2021
India will always be grateful for CDS #BipinRawat, for his impeccable service to the country.
Prayers for their sadgati! pic.twitter.com/iVsIHgId90
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