New Delhi: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday met the family members of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat in New Delhi to apprise them of the present situation.
Reportedly, the Defence Minister also briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Indian Air Force chopper crash with every minute details of the crash and response measure taken.
As per the reports, he also briefed the Union Cabinet over the incident and expected to issue an statement in the parliament on the incident later on Wednesday.
Reportedly, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin will leave for Coimbatore at 5 PM and will visit the crash site in Nilgris district. Notably, IAF Chief Vivek Ram Chaudhuri is also flying to the crash site.
As per reports, so far 11 bodies have been recovered by the search and rescue teams from the crash site.
Army helicopter carrying senior defence officials, including chief of defence staff Bipin Rawat, crashed at Coonoor in Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu.
14 senior defence officials were on board and the chopper was flying from Sulur Airbase to Wellington.
The Indian Air Force issued a statement confirming the crash and the presence of CDS Rawat on board.
"An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. An Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident," the IAF said.
At that time, three officials were rescued while a search was on for the fourth person.
The injured have been taken to Wellington cantonment in Nilgiris while four people died on the spot.