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India’s defence chief, 12 others killed in chopper crash

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat arrives for the Beating the Retreat ceremony in New Delhi, India, January 29, 2019. REUTERS/Altaf Hussain

NEW DELHI, Dec 8 – India’s Defence Chief Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 other people were killed after a military helicopter they were travelling in crashed in southern India on Wednesday, the Indian Air Force said.

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Rawat, 63, was appointed as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in late 2019.

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The accident took place around noon near the town of Coonoor, and the dead include four crew members of the Mi-17V5 helicopter, the Air Force said in a tweet.Reporting by Devjyot Ghoshal; Editing by Euan Rocha

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DECEMBER 8, 2021

https://www.reuters.com/world/india/indias-defence-chief-12-others-killed-chopper-crash-2021-12-08/

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