New Delhi: As a tragic day passes, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Briefed Lok Sabha on the Kannur Helicopter Crash in which CDS Bipin Rawat, his wife, and 12 other army officials succumbed to death. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will make a statement in both houses of Parliament. Whereas, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhary, Air Force Chief, is at the crash site.
The parliament started with Two Minutes silence to pay tributes to the bygone souls. The defence minister started his address. He said, “With profound grief and heavy heart, I stand to convey the unfortunate news of the crash of the military helicopter in the noon of 8th December 2021, with India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Bipin Rawat onboard”
He added details, “The Air Force Mi 17 V 5 helicopter took off from Sulur Air Base at 11:48 AM yesterday and was expected to land at Wellington by 12:15 PM. Air Traffic Control at Sulur Air Base lost contact with the helicopter at approximately 12:08 PM. A blast was heard by the locals, few locals spotted a fire in the forest near Kannur and rushed to the spot where they observed the wreckage of military helicopter surrounded in flames”
Rajnath added, “All those recovered from the wreckage were rushed to the Military Hospital, Wellington. Latest reports have confirmed that out of the total 14 persons on board the ill-fated helicopter, 13 have succumbed to their injuries including CDS Bipin Rawat, Indian Air Force (IAF) has ordered a tri-service inquiry into the military chopper crash. The investigation will be led by Air Marshal Manavendra Singh. The inquiry team reached Wellington yesterday itself and started the investigation. R Hari Kumar is also present there.”
On the lone survivor, Varun Singh’s health condition, Rajnath said, “Group Captain Varun Singh’s health condition is critical but stable. He is under watch and if required, he can be shifted from the Military Hospital, Wellington to the Command Hospital, Bangalore.”
The Union Minister will also brief Rajya Sabha on the Kannur incident.