Bipin Rawat, India's top general, was killed in a helicopter crash
The Mi-17V5 helicopter carrying Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife, and 11 others crashed in the hills near Coonoor city on Wednesday morning. Gen. Rawat, 63, was appointed as India's first Chief of Defence Staff in January 2019. This brought together the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Several operations, including those in Indian-administered Kashmir, were led by Gen Rawat. The Indian Air Force announced that an investigation into the fog-related accident had been launched. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is presiding over a cabinet security committee emergency meeting. The Mi-17V5 had just taken off from the army base in Sulur and was on its way to Wellington, which was only about 100 kilometres (62 miles) away, and where Gen Rawat was scheduled to visit the Defence Services Staff College. He previously survived a helicopter crash in Nagaland, a state in northeastern India.