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Pilot’s disorientation in bad weather led to CDS Bipin Rawat chopper crash: IAF

CDS General Bipin Rawat chopper crash: The IAF report said the December 8 crash took place due to spatial disorientation of the pilot in bad weather.
In the first official statement on the CDS Bipin Rawat crash, the IAF ruled out negligence, mechanical failure, sabotage or negligence as a cause of the accident, the air force said. (ANI)
In the first official statement on the CDS Bipin Rawat crash, the IAF ruled out negligence, mechanical failure, sabotage or negligence as a cause of the accident, the air force said. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 08:09 PM IST
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CDS chopper crash: Rawat's copter entered into clouds, says preliminary report

CDS Bipin Rawat chopper crash: Unexpected change in weather conditions in the valley has been pointed out as the main reason for the crash.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh paying floral tributes to the portrait of first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat.(ANI)
Defence minister Rajnath Singh paying floral tributes to the portrait of first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat.(ANI)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 07:01 PM IST
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Chopper crash: Brigadier Lidder's daughter back on Twitter, tells why she left

"Had de-activated my Twitter on my own, to spend time with family and away from any distraction," Aashna Lidder tweeted.
Aashna Lidder said she left Twitter on her own to spend time with her family. (ANI)
Aashna Lidder said she left Twitter on her own to spend time with her family. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 19, 2021 09:13 AM IST
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IAF chopper crash: Tri-service inquiry likely to be completed in 2 weeks

The constitution of the tri-service inquiry was announced by defence minister Rajnath Singh in Parliament, a day after the tragic crash. The Indian Air Force urged people to not speculate over the reason for the crash based on misinformation.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh paying tribute toGen Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat.(PTI)
Defence minister Rajnath Singh paying tribute toGen Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat.(PTI)
Published on Dec 16, 2021 08:24 PM IST
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Group Captain Varun Singh's body reaches Bhopal, last rites tomorrow

  • Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced 1 crore ‘Samman Nidhi’ compensation to the family of Group Captain Varun Singh. He said Singh's statue will be built in the state and an institute will also be named after him.
Group Captain Varun Singh, the only man to have survived the December 8 Mi-17V5 chopper crash that killed 13 people including chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, passed away on Wednesday morning. (SOURCED.)
Group Captain Varun Singh, the only man to have survived the December 8 Mi-17V5 chopper crash that killed 13 people including chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, passed away on Wednesday morning. (SOURCED.)
Updated on Dec 16, 2021 08:20 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

When IAF group captain Varun Singh's father said his son was a fighter

On October 12, 2020, Singh was flying a test sortie in the LCA when an emergency developed due to the failure of cockpit pressurisation at a high altitude. Group Captain Varun Singh regained control of the aircraft showing exceptional courage and flying skills.
Group Captain Varun Singh passed away on Wednesday, 
Group Captain Varun Singh passed away on Wednesday, 
Published on Dec 15, 2021 02:36 PM IST
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Rajnath speaks to IAF Group Captain Varun Singh's father, in touch with family

According to the Indian Air Force, the condition of Group Captain Varun Singh continues to be critical but stable, while his father said it is difficult to define the condition as there are too many fluctuations.
Group Captain Varun Singh is being treated at Command Hospital in Bengaluru. (PTI)
Group Captain Varun Singh is being treated at Command Hospital in Bengaluru. (PTI)
Published on Dec 11, 2021 10:05 PM IST
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Daughter of Wing Commander Prithvi wants to be pilot; son wears father's cap

The video of the seven-year-old taking his father's cap and wearing it during the last rites has moved people to tears.
The last rites of Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan were performed in Agra on Saturday. 
The last rites of Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan were performed in Agra on Saturday. 
Published on Dec 11, 2021 08:22 PM IST
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India successfully flight tests helicopter-launched SANT missile. Watch

  • The indigenously designed and developed helicopter-launched stand-off anti-tank (SANT) missile has the ability to neutralise targets in a range of up to 10 kilometres.
The slow-motion video released by the DRDO shows the SANT missile getting launched from a helicopter and precisely striking the target.
The slow-motion video released by the DRDO shows the SANT missile getting launched from a helicopter and precisely striking the target.
Published on Dec 11, 2021 07:32 PM IST
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Chopper crash: Varun Singh's condition 'fluctuating'; father says he's a fighter

Varun Singh's father said Varun's condition is fluctuating and nothing can be said about his health condition, but he is in the best hands and will emerge victorious. IAF officials said his health condition is critical but stable. 
Varun Singh is battling for his life at Bengaluru's Command hospital. 
Varun Singh is battling for his life at Bengaluru's Command hospital. 
Published on Dec 11, 2021 05:22 PM IST
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Fate brought them together: Madhulika Rawat's brother on her marriage to CDS

  • CDS General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika were among 13 people, who were killed after an IAF helicopter crashed near Coonor in Tamil Nadu on December 8. Group Captain Varun Singh is the sole survivor of the incident and is currently undergoing treatment in Bengaluru's Command Hospital.
Daughters of CDS General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat, who died in IAF helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu, mourns during their cremation, at the Brar Square crematorium in New Delhi on Friday, December 10, 2021. (ANI Photo/Sanjay Sharma)
Daughters of CDS General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat, who died in IAF helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu, mourns during their cremation, at the Brar Square crematorium in New Delhi on Friday, December 10, 2021. (ANI Photo/Sanjay Sharma)
Updated on Dec 11, 2021 12:50 AM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Who is Aashna Lidder, the daughter of Brigadier Lidder killed in chopper crash?

CDS Gen Bipin Rawat wrote the foreword of Aashna Lidder's poetry book In Search of a Title. Former LG Puducherry Kiran Bedi on Friday shared the photos of the book launch event which was attended by Gen Bipin Rawat's wife Madhulika Rawat.
Aashna Lidder said her father Brigadier Lakhwinder Singh Lidder was her best friend, biggest motivator.(ANI)
Aashna Lidder said her father Brigadier Lakhwinder Singh Lidder was her best friend, biggest motivator.(ANI)
Published on Dec 10, 2021 10:23 PM IST
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Cremated on same pyre, ashes of Gen Rawat, Madhulika to be taken to Haridwar

The ashes will be immersed in the Ganga in Haridwar on Saturday, family members of the Rawats said as CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and wife Madhulika Rawat were cremated on Friday in New Delhi. 
Kritika and Tarini, daughters of late CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and Madhulika Rawat, during the cremation of their parents at Brar Square crematorium, in New Delhi.(PTI)
Kritika and Tarini, daughters of late CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and Madhulika Rawat, during the cremation of their parents at Brar Square crematorium, in New Delhi.(PTI)
Published on Dec 10, 2021 09:05 PM IST
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By | Written by Poulomi Ghosh

UP CM Yogi announces 50 lakh aid to IAF Wing Cdr Prithvi Chauhan's family

  • Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said crashed IAF helicopter's pilot Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan's last rites will be performed in Agra with state honours on Saturday.
Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan was the pilot of the Mi17V5 helicopter that crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on December 8, 2021. (Sourced)
Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan was the pilot of the Mi17V5 helicopter that crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on December 8, 2021. (Sourced)
Published on Dec 10, 2021 09:04 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Group Captain Varun Singh getting 'best medical treatment': Karnataka CM Bommai

  • Group Captain Varun Singh, who is the only one to have survived the IAF chopper crash, was shifted to Bengaluru from Tamil Nadu on Thursday. He is maintaining vital signs, but his condition remains critical.
Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the IAF chopper crash, was awarded Shaurya Chakra this year by President Ram Nath Kovind.(ANI File Photo)
Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the IAF chopper crash, was awarded Shaurya Chakra this year by President Ram Nath Kovind.(ANI File Photo)
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 06:31 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

'Loud sound and it disappeared': Man who took last video of Gen Rawat's chopper

The 52-year-old wedding photographer went to that area with a friend and friend's family members to click some photos. As Kutty heard the sound of a helicopter, he started taking the video out of curiosity. Moments later, the copter disappeared among clouds and they heard a loud sound. 
Screengrab from the video which has now gone viral on social media claiming to be the final moments of the chopper which crashed minutes after being photographed. 
Screengrab from the video which has now gone viral on social media claiming to be the final moments of the chopper which crashed minutes after being photographed. 
Published on Dec 10, 2021 04:25 PM IST
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CDS Bipin Rawat's school in Shimla to pay homage to him, arranges prayer meeting

  • The funeral procession of CDS General Bipin Rawat has begun from his residence in Delhi to the Brar Square crematorium in Delhi Cantonment. The last rites will be conducted at the crematorium.
Mortal remains of CDS General Bipin Rawat being taken to the Brar Square crematorium in Delhi Cantonment from his residence in New Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Mortal remains of CDS General Bipin Rawat being taken to the Brar Square crematorium in Delhi Cantonment from his residence in New Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 04:16 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

IAF says uninformed speculation on chopper crash may be avoided, probe underway

The IAF said the inquiry would be completed expeditiously and facts brought out, adding until then the dignity of the deceased need to be respected.
Teams of the IAF and local police personnel at the crash site on Friday. (ANI Twitter)
Teams of the IAF and local police personnel at the crash site on Friday. (ANI Twitter)
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 01:58 PM IST
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Coonoor helicopter crash: Second tragedy involving top-of-line Mi-17V5

The twin-engine Mi-17V5 is the latest version of Mi-17 helicopter operated by IAF.
Firemen and rescue workers stand next to the debris of an Mi-17V5 helicopter crash site in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, on Thursday. (AFP)
Firemen and rescue workers stand next to the debris of an Mi-17V5 helicopter crash site in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, on Thursday. (AFP)
Published on Dec 10, 2021 12:39 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Retd brigadier says CDS Rawat's death will impact restructuring of armed forces

  • Brigadier (retired) V Mahalingan said the CDS was aiming at integrating the three services and making the structure capable of fighting an integrated battle in a digitised environment.
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, and 11 others died in an IAF helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.(PTI / File Photo)
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, and 11 others died in an IAF helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.(PTI / File Photo)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 11:35 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Bodies of CDS Rawat, wife & others reach Delhi, PM Modi to pay tribute

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to pay tribute to CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 others, who died in the chopper crash, around 9pm.
Daughters of CDS Bipin Rawat and Madhulika Rawat pay tribute to their parents' mortal remains at Palam Technical Airport, in New Delhi. on December 8, 2021. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Daughters of CDS Bipin Rawat and Madhulika Rawat pay tribute to their parents' mortal remains at Palam Technical Airport, in New Delhi. on December 8, 2021. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 09:21 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Bodies of CDS Rawat, his wife among four to be positively identified: Report

The mortal remains of all 13 victims will reach Delhi by Thursday evening, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with defence minister Rajnath Singh, among others, are expected to pay tribute at the Palam Technical Area.
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and his wife, Madhulika Rawat, were among 13, who were killed in an IAF chopper crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. (PTI PHOTO.)
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and his wife, Madhulika Rawat, were among 13, who were killed in an IAF chopper crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. (PTI PHOTO.)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 05:45 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

News updates from HT: Top Air Marshal heading inquiry into Mi-17 crash

Here are today-’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh briefs the parliament on the Indian Air Force chopper crash in Tamil Nadu.(PTI)
Defence minister Rajnath Singh briefs the parliament on the Indian Air Force chopper crash in Tamil Nadu.(PTI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 01:10 PM IST
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General Bipin Rawat played key role in cementing India-US defence ties: US

“General Rawat was pivotal to the India-US relationship, and that's why our thoughts go out to the general's family, to the families of all those on board this flight, and, of course, to the people of India on the loss that they have suffered today,” said US state department spokesperson Ned Price.
Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat (PTI / File Photo)
Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat (PTI / File Photo)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 06:37 AM IST
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News updates from HT: After CDS Rawat chopper crash, PM Modi chairs CCS meet

  • Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted the picture of CDS Bipin Rawat to offer condolences on his death. CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, and 11 others died in the IAF chopper crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. (ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted the picture of CDS Bipin Rawat to offer condolences on his death. CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, and 11 others died in the IAF chopper crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. (ANI Photo)
Published on Dec 08, 2021 08:49 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Who is Group Captain Varun Singh? Know about lone survivor of IAF chopper crash

  • Group Captain Varun Singh was awarded the Shaurya Chakra on this year's Independence Day by President Ram Nath Kovind for saving his LCA Tejas fighter aircraft during an emergency in October 2020.
Group Captain Varun Singh is the directing staff of the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) in Wellington in Tamil Nadu. (ANI Photo)
Group Captain Varun Singh is the directing staff of the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) in Wellington in Tamil Nadu. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Dec 08, 2021 11:36 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

PM Modi to hand over LCHs to IAF on Nov 19

  • The PM will also on November 19 lay the foundation stone of a new 400-crore facility of Bharat Dynamics Ltd in the Jhansi node of the UP defence industrial corridor
The PM will hand over the LCH, designed and developed by state-run plane maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari. (HT File)
The PM will hand over the LCH, designed and developed by state-run plane maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari. (HT File)
Published on Nov 16, 2021 01:03 AM IST
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Watch: IAF conducts trial runs ahead of Purvanchal Expressway inauguration

  • IAF aircraft were seen zooming past in a short video uploaded on Sunday
On November 16, Mirage 2000 and Su-30MKI aircraft would be making multiple takeoffs and landings at the emergency airstrip in the presence of the Prime Minister
On November 16, Mirage 2000 and Su-30MKI aircraft would be making multiple takeoffs and landings at the emergency airstrip in the presence of the Prime Minister
Published on Nov 14, 2021 06:51 PM IST
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Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

IAF, commercial airlines to provide transportation facilities for country wide Covid-19 vaccination drive

Transport aircraft of the Air Force including the C-130Js and AN-32s are to be used for taking the vaccines to the remote parts of the country. The major part of transportation by air would be done by commercial airliners.
Last week, the Drugs Controller General of India announced “restricted emergency use” for Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN and Serum Institute of India’s Covishield(PTI)
Last week, the Drugs Controller General of India announced “restricted emergency use” for Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN and Serum Institute of India’s Covishield(PTI)
Published on Jan 07, 2021 06:21 PM IST
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IAF chief Bhadauria visits Eastern Air Command, assures all support to Arunachal Pradesh

The IAF chief, in his maiden visit to Arunachal Pradesh, called on Governor Brig (Retd) B D Mishra and Chief Minister Pema Khandu and discussed issues pertaining to the national security, recruitment of the state’s youth into the force and the IAF’s humanitarian missions in the state.
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria addresses a press conference.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria addresses a press conference.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 06, 2021 10:40 PM IST
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