Helicopter carrying India’s military chief, his wife and several officers crashes and bursts into flames in dense forest leaving at least 11 dead

India’s military chief and his wife have been killed along with 11 others after their helicopter crashed and burst into flames in dense forest today.

General Bipin Rawat was on board a Russian-made Mi-17V5 chopper when it crashed in a forest near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, on Wednesday, the Indian Air Force confirmed on Twitter.

The defence chief, 63, his wife Madhulika Rawat and other officers were among the 14 people on the chopper, which took off from Sulur Air Force Station this afternoon, according to local media reports.

One person with injuries is currently under treatment at Military Hospital, Wellington, India’s Air Force said in a series of tweets confirming the death of Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 11 others.

Rawat was travelling to the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu to deliver a lecture when the helicopter crashed in Coonoor, which is on the flight path.

Dramatic footage broadcast on Indian news channels showed thick plumes of smoke billowing from the fiery wreck at the crash site in a dense forested area around 10km from the nearest road in the Nilgiris district.

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Source: Daily Mail