In India, the investigation of the grave aviation accident continues in which the chief of the Indian defense staff, General Bipin Rawat, and his wife Madhulika were killed.
The exact reasons for the crash, as reported by the Indian media, have not yet been established, but there is an assumption that the plane crash was due to the fault of technology. A video is being discussed on the Web showing the general’s Mi-17V5 helicopter. It shows that the helicopter caught fire in the air. Obviously, the crew could no longer drive the car to land it. When the chaotic fall of the helicopter with its rotation began, it was clear that several people fell out of the car, which was at an altitude of 500-1000 meters.
There are different versions of the cause of the fire. Including overheating of the gearbox or engine malfunction.
Assessing the importance of General Rawat, the British newspaper The Guardian quoted former Officer General Deipendra Singh Huda as saying about India’s chief of defense staff: “With his reforms, he effectively united the army, the navy and the air force. He had a very difficult job, which ultimately strengthened the Indian army significantly. His successor will need to make tremendous efforts to continue Rawat’s endeavors. “
Bipin Rawat was born in the north of India in the city of Pauri in 1958. Several generations of his family have been in the military. After training at the College of the Defense Service Headquarters and the Indian Military Academy, Rawat was enlisted in the Indian Army with the rank of junior lieutenant. Later he led counter-insurgency operations in India. He rose to the rank of general.
In 2018, Bipina Ravata visited Russia, where he visited the Military Academy of the General Staff in Moscow, as well as the Mikhailovskaya Artillery Academy and the headquarters of the Western Military District in St. Petersburg.
In 2020, Bipin Rawat was appointed as the first chief of defense staff to coordinate the coordinated work between the army, air force and navy of India.
Not without scandals in the military career of the Indian general. The American publication ABC News reported that in 2017, Rawat awarded a medal of courage to an officer who tied a civilian to his jeep as a human shield during the Indian army’s battles with rebels in Kashmir. In response to criticism of this inhuman act of the officer, Bipin Rawat said that in order to win the “dirty war”, it is necessary to “resort to innovation.”
In addition to Bipin Rawat and Madhuliki Rawat, Brigadier General Lidder, Lieutenant Colonel Harjinder Singh, Sergeant Satpal Rai, Corporal Gurusewak Singh, Lance Corporals Vivek Kumar, Jitendra Kumar and Bi Sai Tejolipan, as well as the co-pilot of the helicopter, were killed in the plane crash: , Flight Engineer Das and Air Gunner Pradeep. The only survivor, Captain Varun Singh, is currently in critical condition at the hospital.
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