CDS General Bipin Rawat And 13 Others Die In Crash Of IAF Helicopter

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09 December 2021 Current Affairs:General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff, died in a helicopter crash close to Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. 

Highlights:

  • He was with the 14 people on board, his wife and staff members. 
  • Thirteen people died in the crash, including CDS Rawat, Madhulika Rawat and 11 others. 
  • An IAF Mi 17 V5 helicopter with a squad of 4 members bearing the CDS and 9 other passengers had a tragic accident. 
  • Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan was piloting the Mi-17V5.

General Bipin Rawat:

  • General Rawat finished his education at St Edward School, Shimla and is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. 
  • He was designated in the Fifth Battalion of the Eleventh Gorkha Rifles in December 1978 from the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, where he was also vested in the Sword of Honour.
  • He entered the army as a second lieutenant in 1978 and has four decades of service behind him, having overseen forces in Kashmir and along the Line of Actual Control bordering China.
  • He is credited with reducing rebellion on India’s northeastern frontier and led a cross-border counter-insurgency operation into neighbouring Myanmar.
  • Rawat was chief of the army from 2017 to 2019 before his peak to defence services chief.

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