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General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash Highlights: Mortal remains of Gen Bipin Rawat, others arrive in Delhi; PM Modi pays tribute

General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash Higlights: Heart-wrenching scenes were seen at the airport as 13 caskets were placed inside a hangar in presence of their family members. Only three of the 13 bodies have been identified so far.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, New Delhi |
Updated: December 11, 2021 9:56:44 am
Mortal remains of General Bipin Rawat and others arrived at Palam airport in Delhi. (Express photo Anil Sharma)

General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and NSA Ajit Doval paid their respects to CDS Bipin Rawat and other Armed Forces personnel, who were killed in the chopper crash in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor, at around 9 PM today at the Palam airbase in New Delhi.  The three services chiefs were also present.

Heart-wrenching scenes were seen at the airport as 13 caskets were placed inside a hangar in presence of their family members. Only three of the 13 bodies have been identified so far — Gen Rawat and his wife, Madhulika Rawat, and Brigadier LS Lidder. Army officials said the bodies of those identified will be released to families for last rites.

Meanwhile, Group Captain Varun Singh, decorated with the Shaurya Chakra on Independence Day this year, who was the lone survivor of the crash, is in critical condition and was airlifted to the Command Hospital in Bangalore for treatment.

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Indian Air Force Chopper Crash Highlights: Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife, 11 others killed in IAF helicopter crash in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu; Defence Minister Rajnath Singh briefs Parliament; IAF chief visits crash site; black box recovered.

21:31 (IST)09 Dec 2021
All three service chiefs pay tributes

The three service chiefs - Army Chief Gen MM Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar & IAF chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari pay last respects to CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and other 11 Armed Forces personnel who lost their lives in military chopper crash yesterday.

21:27 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Visuals from Palam airport

Some more visuals from Delhi's Palam airport, where mortal remains of CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madulika Rawat and 11 others who lost their lives in a military chopper crash, have been placed. 

Wife and daughter of Brigadier LS Lidder pay homage next to the coffin containing his mortal remains during a wreath-laying ceremony at Palam. (Reuters)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage next to the coffin containing the mortal remains of CDS General Bipin Rawat, at Palam airport in New Delhi. (Reuters)
Daughters of late CDS General Bipin Rawat, who along with his wife and other officials were killed in an helicopter crash in Coonoor, pay tribute to their father during a wreath laying ceremony at Palam airport. (PTI)
21:09 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Rajnath Singh pays last respects

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays last respects to CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and other 11 Armed Forces personnel who lost their lives in the chopper crash yesterday.

21:01 (IST)09 Dec 2021
PM Modi pays tribute

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to those killed in the Tamil Nadu chopper crash yesterday. 

20:59 (IST)09 Dec 2021
PM Modi arrives for tribute ceremony.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at the Palam airbase, where mortal remains of CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madulika Rawat and 11 others who lost their lives in a military chopper crash, have been placed. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and NSA Ajit Doval are also present.

20:44 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Rajnath Singh meets Gen Rawat's family

After arriving at the Palam airbase, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met with families of CDS General Bipin Rawat and other Armed Forces personnel, who lost their lives in the Tamil Nadu chopper crash on Wednesday.

20:37 (IST)09 Dec 2021
NSA Ajit Doval arrives at Palam airbase

NSA Ajit Doval is also present at the Palam airbase.

(ANI photo)
20:33 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Mortal remains of CDS Rawat, 12 others at Palam airbase

The mortal remains of CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madulika Rawat and 11 others, who lost their lives in the Tamil Nadu chopper crash yesterday, placed at Palam airbase. 

20:15 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Mortal remains of Madhulika Rawat being kept at Palam

The mortal remains of Madhulika Rawat, president of the Army Wives Welfare Association and wife of late CDS General Bipin Rawat, have been kept at the Palam airbase in New Delhi.

20:13 (IST)09 Dec 2021
General Rawat's family members pay tribute

General Rawat's family members also paid their tribute. 

20:07 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Watch: Mortal remains of Gen Rawat being brought out of IAF aircraft

The mortal remains of General Bipin Rawat, who lost his life in the Tamil Nadu chopper crash Thursday, being brought out of IAF aircraft that arrived at Palam airbase from Sulur.

19:58 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Mortal remains of Gen Bipin Rawat, others arrive in Delhi

The IAF aircraft carrying mortal remains of General Bipin Rawat, others arrived in New Delhi a short while ago. 

19:36 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Coonoor chopper crash: Here's what we know about those killed 

Here's what we know about some of the Armed Force personnel who were killed in the crash

Havildar Satpal Rai
5/11 GR

-Enrolled in March 2002
-Served in Siachen, Naushera, Nagaland, Manipur
-Son serving in the same unit for the last one year.

Lt Col Harjinder Singh
2/11 GR

-DOB - 17 April 1978.
-Staff Officer to CDS.
-Commissioned- September 2001 from OTA, Chennai
-Instructor at IMA, Dehradun.
-Served in North East along LAC, LC in J&K
-Served in Sikkim Scouts
-Staff Officer in a Corps HQ.
-Served in AEC from 2004 to 2014
-Instructor at IMA and Served in High Altitude Area.

Brig LS Lidder

-DOB - 26 Jun 1969
-Commissioned to JAKRIF in Dec 1990
-DA to CDS since Jan 2021
-Approved to Maj Gen rank (was due to take over a Division)
-Commanded Brigade in Northern Borders
-Instructor at NDA
-CO 2 JAKRIF in UN in Congo
-DA at Kazakhstan
-Director at Military Operations Directorate

Naik Gursevak Singh
9 PARA (SF)

-Enrolled in March 2004
-Served in Ladakh, J&K (Poonch-Rajouri, South & North Kashmir)
-Demolition specialist and leadership course - Best Student
-Expert in Unarmed Combat and Close Quarter Battle.

Lance Naik Vivek Kumar
1 PARA SF

-Enrolled in December 2012
-Served in J&K (South & North Kashmir - Sino Indian border ahead of Spiti
-Specialist in Combat Freefall, Communication Expert and Excellent in Unarmed Combat

Lance Naik Jitender Kumar
3 PARA (SF)
-Enrolled in March 2011
-Served in the Desert sector along Indo-Pak border, Sino-Indian border near Pithoragarh and J&K
-Expert Sniper and specialist in Communications.

Lance Naik B Sai Teja
11 PARA (SF)

-Enrolled in Jun 2013
-Served in Super High Altitude in Arunachal along with the Sino-Indian border and Counter-Terrorist operations in Manipur and Nagaland.
-Expert in Mixed Martial Arts, Unarmed Combat, Communications and Electronic Warfare.

19:16 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Unidentified bodies to be kept at Army Base Hospital in Delhi

The unidentified bodies will be kept at the mortuary of Army Base Hospital in New Delhi till positive identification is done. The Army said that appropriate military funerals of all deceased are being planned and coordinated in close consultation with close family members.

19:13 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Only 3 out of 13 bodies identified so far: Army

Only three out of 13 bodies have been identified so far- General Bipin Rawat, Madhulika Rawat and Brigadier LS Lidder. Their mortal remains will be released to the families for last rites, the Army said. 

19:10 (IST)09 Dec 2021
IAF aircraft from expected to land around 7:40 PM

The Indian Airforce aircraft carrying mortal remains of those killed in the Coonoor crash is expected to arrive at Palam airbase by 7.40 PM. The tribute ceremony will begin at around 8.30 PM.

18:56 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Tribute ceremony to start at 8.30 PM

The tribute ceremony will begin at around 8.30 PM at New Delhi's Palam airbase. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Secretary, Chief of Air, Army and Navy Staff will be laying wreaths.

18:49 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Visuals from Palam Airport

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead tributes to Bipin Rawat and others at Palam airport. Here are some visuals from the site

18:25 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Rajnath Singh briefs President Kovind on chopper crash

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday called on President Ram Nath Kovind and briefed him about the chopper crash near Coonoor that killed Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 11 armed forces personnel. The President is the Supreme Commander of the armed forces. Official sources said Singh apprised President Kovind about the accident as well as the situation arising out of it. (PTI)

17:52 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Captain Varun Singh shifted to Bengaluru

Indian Air Force’s Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the Coonoor military chopper crash, has been shifted to Command Hospital, Bengaluru for further treatment.

where an IAF chopper carrying Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, his wife and 12 others crashed. (Express photo)

The nation’s most senior military officer, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 other people on board an Indian Air Force helicopter were killed in a crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu shortly after noon Wednesday.

Group Captain Varun Singh, decorated with the Shaurya Chakra on Independence Day this year, was the lone survivor and was being treated for injuries at the Military Hospital in Wellington.

General Rawat, 63, was on his way to the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington where he was to deliver a lecture. His wife, president of the Defence Wives Welfare Association, was accompanying him along with members of the CDS staff.

Gen Bipin Rawat chopper crash Site of the IAF chopper crash, which killed CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 others.

Bipin Rawat is the country’s first Chief of Defence Staff appointed on January 1, 2020. He was appointed the head of the newly created Department of Military Affairs in one of the most significant reorganisation in Defence Ministry in decades. Rawat had served as the Chief of the Army for three years before taking over as the CDS.

 

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