Thursday, December 16, 2021

IAF chopper crash inquiry to be completed in 15 days: Top govt sources

New Delhi: The inquiry team appointed to probe the Mi-17 helicopter crash, which claimed the lives of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and 13 others, is expected to be completing its probe within the next 15 days, top government sources said on Thursday.

"The inquiry team is in the process of recording statements of the witnesses on the ground and going through other data related to the probe. We are hoping to complete the probe within the next 15 days," top government sources told India Today.

On December 8, the probe was ordered by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh following the helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu's Coonoor. India's topmost chopper pilot, Air Marshal Manvendra Singh is heading the inquiry, along with a Brigadier from the Army's Southern Command, and a Navy Commodore from aviation branch, they said.

The defence minister is being updated regularly on the developments in the case while Indian Air Force chief, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari is monitoring the probe closely.

The IAF has been working hard to find out the reasons for the crash in which Gen Rawat, the topmost military officer of the country and longest serving four-star general, lost his life. The CDS, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 military personnel died in the crash while on board the ill-fated chopper, which is considered to be safest.

16/12/21 Manjeet Negi/India Today

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