Ground Report | New Delhi: Bipin Rawat’s family; India’s first Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat passed away today along with his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 others aboard the helicopter in an unfortunate Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper accident.
General Bipin Rawat was appointed India’s first CDS in December 2019, and his family had been serving in the Indian Army for four generations.
His wife, Dr. Madhulika Rawat studied psychology from Delhi University and was very supportive of CDS Rawat’s service to the nation. She was also the President of Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA), which was constantly giving back to the society.
Dr. Madhulika Rawat was very dedicated for the betterment of the society and worked tirelessly for the welfare of army widows, disabled children, cancer patients and dependents of Indian Army jawans.
A pioneer in social work, Mrs Rawat worked towards empowering army wives by making them financially independent, by teaching them life skills and motivating them to take courses. General Bipin Rawat and wife Madhulika Rawat are survived by their two daughters, Kritika Rawat and Tarini.
General Rawat on Wednesday left Sulur Air Base along with 14 Army personnel, including his wife, for the Defense Service Staff College in Wellington, Tamil Nadu, in a Mi-17V5 helicopter of the Indian Air Force.
According to the report of The Hindu, the Coimbatore City Police had made Z+ security arrangements for the security of General Rawat. General Rawat was about to address the cadet of this college. A senior police officer said, “We were also asked to make arrangements for road safety of General Rawat’s convoy.
There was a helipad in Wellington, 10 km from where General Rawat’s helicopter had crashed. This is where the helicopter was supposed to land. The Tamil Nadu Police Department was stationed at the helipad. An eyewitness who saw the helicopter fall and a police officer who arrived at the crash site said the weather was clear and there were no clouds.
An eyewitness said, “I saw that the helicopter was flying at a very low altitude. Suddenly it turned and hit the jackfruit tree. Then there was a loud bang. The weather was clear when the helicopter crashed.
As per the report of The Hindu, in such a situation, questions are being raised that why was the helicopter flying at such a low altitude? Did the pilot have any weather alerts from Air Traffic Control or Army Control? Tamil Nadu Police officials have told the newspaper that the entire matter is being investigated. (Bipin Rawat’s family)
On receiving the news of the accident, Tamil Nadu West Zone IG R Sudhakar reached the accident site from Coimbatore. Special Task Force engaged in anti-Naxal operation in Nilgiri district has also been asked to go to the spot.
The helicopter that crashed is considered quite reliable and safe in the Indian Air Force. The use of the Russian-made Mi-17V5 is common in the Indian Air Force in high-flying operations and relief operations. The Director and CEO, Planet-X Aerospace Services Ltd, told The Hindu, “The Mi-17V is a very reliable helicopter. It is often used for relief and rescue operations at altitude in states like Uttarakhand. Chosen by General Rawat Gaya Helicopter Going to Wellington was perfect. (Bipin Rawat’s family)
The newspaper wrote in its report, “The engine of the Mi-17 is very strong. Its downwash is also very effective. If the pilot is flying at a low altitude, then there is every possibility of the downwash going around the trees. In such a situation, the pilot will have to It is difficult to see, in this situation even an experienced pilot gets deceived.
The Indian Express report about the MI-17 V5 helicopter on which General Rawat was aboard. The helicopter is famous all over the world. It also has a digital flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder.
The newspaper wrote in its report, “The helicopter that crashed General Rawat was part of a consignment of 80 Mi-17 V5s in 2008. Aviation expert Angad Singh said that the order for 80 helicopters was later increased to 150.