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Unexpected change in weather behind CDS chopper crash: IAF

The probe rules out negligence, mechanical failure, or sabotage as possible causes of the accident, the air force added
People participate in the funeral procession of CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, in New Delhi on December 10, 2021. (PTI)
People participate in the funeral procession of CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, in New Delhi on December 10, 2021. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 11:44 PM IST
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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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3 Rafale fighters with Indian enhancements to arrive on Feb 1-2

The last contracted Rafale fighter is expected to arrive in India in April concluding the 36 aircraft contract with France. This fighter, fitted with all India specific enhancements, actually was the first fighter used for training Indian fighter pilots.
IAF's Rafale jet fighter doing the vertical Charlie maneuver on 2021 Republic Day.
IAF's Rafale jet fighter doing the vertical Charlie maneuver on 2021 Republic Day.
Published on Jan 11, 2022 09:05 AM IST
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Rajnath Singh to be briefed on CDS chopper crash inquiry today

  • The tri-services inquiry team headed by an Indian Air Force officer will make a detailed presentation to Rajnath Singh, reported news agency ANI.
The IAF will apprise defence minister Rajnath Singh about the findings of the tri-services probe into the December 8 chopper crash. (Keshav Singh/HT)
The IAF will apprise defence minister Rajnath Singh about the findings of the tri-services probe into the December 8 chopper crash. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Jan 05, 2022 10:38 AM IST
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Written by Shubhangi Gupta | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, New Delhi

Probe report on CDS chopper crash likely in coming week

The IAF had constituted a tri-service Court of Inquiry to probe the December 8 crash near Tamil Nadu's Coonoor.
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat died in the Coonoor chopper crash. 
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat died in the Coonoor chopper crash. 
Updated on Jan 02, 2022 04:49 AM IST
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IAF AFCAT Final Merit List 2021 released, here’s direct link to check 

IAF AFCAT Final Merit List 2021 has been released. Candidates can check the merit list through the official site of AFCAT on afcat.cdac.in.
IAF AFCAT Final Merit List 2021 released, here’s direct link to check(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
IAF AFCAT Final Merit List 2021 released, here’s direct link to check(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 01:22 PM IST
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IAF AFCAT 2021: Registration ends tomorrow for 317 posts, here’s how to apply 

IAF AFCAT 2021 registration will end tomorrow, December 30, 2021. Candidates can apply online through the official site of IAF AFCAT on afcat.cdac.in. 
IAF AFCAT 2021.(Screengrab)
IAF AFCAT 2021.(Screengrab)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 10:12 AM IST
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MiG-21 crashes in Rajasthan, IAF pilot killed

The crash has once again turned the spotlight on India’s longest-serving fighter plane, its safety record and the IAF’s plans to replace the ageing jets with newer ones in the coming years.
IAF operates four squadrons of MiG-21 Bison aircraft.(HT Photo)
IAF operates four squadrons of MiG-21 Bison aircraft.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 25, 2021 03:53 AM IST
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IAF AFCAT Result 2021: Merit list for Jan 2022 course released, check here

IAF AFCAT Result 2021 merit list has been released for January 2022 course. Candidates can check the merit list through the direct link given below. 
IAF AFCAT Result 2021: Merit list for Jan 2022 course released, check here(Screengrab)
IAF AFCAT Result 2021: Merit list for Jan 2022 course released, check here(Screengrab)
Published on Dec 22, 2021 11:07 AM IST
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VVIP flying protocols will change: IAF chief

  • “The VVIP protocols to fly will be reviewed. The review will be based on the findings of the court of inquiry into the crash,” the IAF chief said on the sidelines of a graduation parade at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal near Hyderabad.
Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari said India was continuously evaluating the threats from Pakistan and China and was well aware of the situation at the borders.(Photo via ANI)
Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari said India was continuously evaluating the threats from Pakistan and China and was well aware of the situation at the borders.(Photo via ANI)
Updated on Dec 19, 2021 04:44 AM IST
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Join Indian Air Force 2021: Apply for Group ‘C’ Civilian posts, details here

Indian Air Force will recruit candidates for Group C Civilian posts. Eligible candidates can apply on or before 30 days from the date of publication of advertisement in employment news. 
Join Indian Air Force 2021: Apply for Group ‘C’ Civilian posts, details here
Join Indian Air Force 2021: Apply for Group ‘C’ Civilian posts, details here
Published on Dec 18, 2021 04:59 PM IST
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When will India get remaining Rafale jets? IAF chief provides a timeline

Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari also commented on the ongoing India-China border stand-off, noting that although troops have backed off from certain areas in Ladakh, “complete disengagement has not taken place” yet.
Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari (Photo via ANI)
Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari (Photo via ANI)
Updated on Dec 18, 2021 11:47 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

4 accidents of Mi-17V5 helicopters in 5 years including Gen Rawat's: Ministry

Mi-17V5 helicopters of the Indian Air Force met with four accidents in the last five years, killing 21 people, including the recent crash in Tamil Nadu's Coonoor in General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 13 defence personnel died.
People stand near the debris of the Russian-made Mi-17V5 helicopter in Tamil Nadu.(Reuters)
People stand near the debris of the Russian-made Mi-17V5 helicopter in Tamil Nadu.(Reuters)
Published on Dec 18, 2021 09:42 AM IST
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Open and ready to provide India more Rafales, says French defence minister Parly

French defence minister Florence Parly, who pledged to supply more Rafale jets if needed by India, also noted that China’s behaviour in the region is becoming “more and more aggressive”
French defence minister Florence Parly said the use of Rafale jets by air forces of India and France is a “real asset and strength” for bilateral cooperation, (ANI)
French defence minister Florence Parly said the use of Rafale jets by air forces of India and France is a “real asset and strength” for bilateral cooperation, (ANI)
Updated on Dec 17, 2021 08:41 PM IST
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Ready to provide additional Rafale jets to India: France

Indo-France industrial and technological partnership is expected to form an integral part of the talks today between defence minister Rajnath Singh and his French counterpart Florence Parly.
Indian Air Force fighter jet Rafale during a rehearsal for the 89th Air Force Day parade at Hindan base in Ghaziabad on October 6 earlier this year. (PTI / File Photo)
Indian Air Force fighter jet Rafale during a rehearsal for the 89th Air Force Day parade at Hindan base in Ghaziabad on October 6 earlier this year. (PTI / File Photo)
Published on Dec 17, 2021 11:59 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

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

Grp Capt Varun Singh had planned to celebrate Shaurya Chakra honour in Indore

  • Group Captain Varun Singh’s father Colonel K P Singh (retired) and mother are residents of Bhopal and the officer had last visited his parents during Diwali.
Group Captain Varun Singh(Special Arrangement)
Group Captain Varun Singh(Special Arrangement)
Published on Dec 16, 2021 03:33 PM IST
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Varun Singh, sole survivor of IAF chopper crash, succumbs to injuries

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the demise of Captain Singh, saying, “... I am extremely anguished by his passing away. His rich service to the nation will never be forgotten. Condolences to his family and friends.”
Group Captain Varun Singh, the sole survivor of the IAF chopper crash, passed away on Wednesday. He was awarded the Shaurya Chakra on this year’s Independence Day for saving his LCA Tejas fighter aircraft during an aerial emergency in 2020. (ANI)
Group Captain Varun Singh, the sole survivor of the IAF chopper crash, passed away on Wednesday. He was awarded the Shaurya Chakra on this year’s Independence Day for saving his LCA Tejas fighter aircraft during an aerial emergency in 2020. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 15, 2021 03:25 PM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

CDS chopper crash: Group Captain Varun Singh critical but stable, says IAF

The officer, the lone survivor of the December 8 helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu, is on life support system, the force said.
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 14, 2021 07:43 PM IST
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Insurers settle claims of Gen Rawat, Brigadier Lidder others at record speed

United India Insurance has so far settled the personal accident insurance claim of Gen Bipin Rawat and seven other defence personnel.
General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and other defence personnel were killed in an IAF's MI-17V5 helicopter crash. (PTI File Photo)
General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and other defence personnel were killed in an IAF's MI-17V5 helicopter crash. (PTI File Photo)
Published on Dec 14, 2021 08:38 AM IST
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By | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

CDS chopper crash: IAF thanks locals, officials for assistance in rescue ops

General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat were among the 14 people who were on board the ill-fated helicopter. Group Captain Varun Singh, the sole survivor, is undergoing treatment at a military hospital in Bengaluru.
General Bipin Rawat was cremated with full military honours in Delhi, on Friday (PTI)
General Bipin Rawat was cremated with full military honours in Delhi, on Friday (PTI)
Updated on Dec 11, 2021 06:52 PM IST
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Mortal remains of 4 IAF, 2 army personnel killed in Coonoor crash identified

Out of the total 14 officers and personnel on board the helicopter, 13 were killed in the horrific Mi-17V5 helicopter crash near Coonoor town on Wednesday.
Firemen and rescue workers stand next to the debris of an IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter crash site in Coonoor, (AFP File Photo)
Firemen and rescue workers stand next to the debris of an IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter crash site in Coonoor, (AFP File Photo)
Published on Dec 11, 2021 07:33 AM IST
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Politicians, clerics, envoys pay last respects to Gen Rawat ahead of funeral

Senior leaders of the Congress to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) functionaries, chief ministers of several states, and Union ministers lined up at Kamaraj Marg to pay their last respects to the late general.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah pays final tributes to CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, who passed away in an IAF chopper crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, at his residence in New Delhi, Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. (Vijay Verma / PTI)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah pays final tributes to CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, who passed away in an IAF chopper crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, at his residence in New Delhi, Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. (Vijay Verma / PTI)
Published on Dec 10, 2021 01:02 PM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

‘Never lose hope’: Group Captain Varun Singh, who survived crash, to his school

Group Captain Varun Singh was shifted to a Bengaluru hospital from Wellington for further treatment.
Group Captain Varun Singh, injured in the military chopper crash, was awarded Shaurya Chakra. (ANI File Photo)
Group Captain Varun Singh, injured in the military chopper crash, was awarded Shaurya Chakra. (ANI File Photo)
Published on Dec 10, 2021 06:21 AM IST
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Gen Rawat's funeral today, India to pay final respects to first CDS

The bodies of General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika will be kept at their 3, Kamaraj Marg residence from 11am to 12:30pm for the general public to pay their final respects. The funeral will be held at 4pm.
General Bipin Rawat’s task was a Herculean one — of reorganising a vast, multilayered institution that includes uniformed personnel, civilian employees, defence production units as well as R&D organisations. (PTI Photo)
General Bipin Rawat’s task was a Herculean one — of reorganising a vast, multilayered institution that includes uniformed personnel, civilian employees, defence production units as well as R&D organisations. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 08:23 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, 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

India orders tri-service probe into chopper crash, full military honours for CDS

Defence minister Rajnath Singh said in Parliament that CDS General Bipin Rawat's last rites will be performed with full military honours.
India's first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat met his tragic end in a military helicopter crash on Wednesday.  (File Photo / HT)
India's first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat met his tragic end in a military helicopter crash on Wednesday.  (File Photo / HT)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 01:34 PM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

General Bipin Rawat's death: Uttarakhand declares 3-day state mourning

In doleful remembrance of General Rawat's personality, Uttarakhand will be observing the three days of state mourning from December 9 to 12.
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat (PTI / File Photo)
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat (PTI / File Photo)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 08:50 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

General Bipin Rawat wanted to visit wife's ancestral home next year, says kin

The Indian Army's much-venerated general shared a strong bond with Shahdol, in Madhya Pradesh. He got married to Madhulika, the daughter of late Kunwar Mrigendra Singh of Sohagpur Garhi in the Shahdol district, back in 1986 when he was still a captain in the army.
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat (PTI / File Photo)
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat (PTI / File Photo)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 06:26 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Must expand fleet to counter China, Pakistan: IAF chief

China continues to display its economic and military might and its assertiveness is bound to grow, he said, adding this will increase “contestation and competition” in the economic domain.
Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari addresses during the 18th Subroto Mukerjee Seminar, at Air Force Auditorium, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI)
Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari addresses during the 18th Subroto Mukerjee Seminar, at Air Force Auditorium, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:43 AM IST
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