May 19, 2022

The investigation report on the three services will likely be submitted to the government on December 31.


The report of the Tri-Service Investigation Team, set up to investigate the unfortunate IAF helicopter crash that led to the death of India’s most senior military officer, General Bipin Rawat, and 13 others, will be presented to the government on December 31. , sources revealed. The detailed report was prepared by Air Marshal Manvendra Singh and includes two brigadier-rank officers from the Army and Navy. It includes an in-depth analysis of the data received from the black box. Assistance from original equipment manufacturers was also sought for the probe.

“The investigation report is expected to be submitted to the government by Dec. 31. The detailed report was prepared on the ground by officials and a thorough analysis of the data received from the black box,” government sources told the ‘ANI.

The sources said early investigations into the case suggested the crash was sudden.

IAF helicopter crash

On December 8, in a major tragedy, India lost its first Chief of the Defense Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, as well as his wife Madhulika Rawat and 12 others. CDS General Bipin Rawat was on his way to the Defense Services Staff College (DSSC) in Wellington, Tamil Nadu, to address the cadets, as well as other personnel of the the army, when the tragedy unfolded.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh informed both Houses of Parliament that air traffic control at Sulur Air Base lost contact with the Mi-17 V5 helicopter at around 12:08 p.m., just minutes before it landed foreseen. Within minutes, the Mi-17 V5 plane carrying personnel crashed into the forest area of ​​Coonoor Taluk. Group Captain Varun Singh was the sole survivor of the IAF helicopter crash. On December 9, he was transferred from Wellington Military Hospital to Command Hospital, but a few days later also succumbed to his burns.

The funeral procession for the Chief of the Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat, and his wife Madhulika Rawat left his official residence for the last rites at the Brar Square crematorium in Delhi township on Friday, December 10. He was buried with full honor at a funeral. prepared by his Regiment 5/11 Gorkha Rifles.

(With contributions from the agency)