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India’s military chief, 12 others are killed in helicopter crash


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NEW DELHI — India’s military chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat, and 12 others were killed Wednesday in a helicopter crash in southern Tamil Nadu state, the air force said.

It said in a tweet that the helicopter “met with a tragic accident.”

The dead included Rawat’s wife. It said one air force officer, Group Capt. Varun Singh, survived and is being treated in a military hospital.

The air force said the Mi-17V5 helicopter was on its way from an air force base to the army defense services college when it crashed near the town of Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. The reason for the crash was not immediately known.

A loss no matter, but by all accounts I’ve ever heard, Gen Rawat was a solid leader and soldier.

RIP to all lost.