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IAF chopper crash | Rajnath briefed on probe

Wreckage of the crashed IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu on December 8, 2021. CDS Gen. Bipin Rawat accompanied by his wife Madhulika Rawat, his staff and other officials were on board.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was on Wednesday given a briefing on the findings of the inquiry into the Mi-17 chopper crash which killed Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and 13 others.

Mr. Singh was briefed on the status of the Court of Inquiry (CoI) and its findings, an official source said.

The final CoI report will also give recommendations and suggest changes in standard operating procedures to be adopted to prevent such incidents in future, it has been learnt.

Legal vetting

As reported by The Hindu on January 1, the Court of Inquiry had completed its process and the findings have been sent for legal vetting, expected to take 10-15 days, after which the report would be submitted to the government.

Officials had indicated that the probable cause of the crash to be Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) which rules out any technical issue with the chopper.

The Indian Air Force’s Mi-17V5 helicopter with General Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 12 others was en route from Sulur to the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, when it crashed in the Nilgris in Tamil Nadu on December 8.

A tri-Service inquiry headed by Air Marshal Manvendra Singh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Training Command, was ordered to investigate the crash.

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