ACCIDENT 63-year-old General Bipin Rawat was India's first Chief of Staff, a post created in 2019

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The Indian army is in mourning. The Chief of Staff, General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others were attended. killed on Wednesday in a helicopter crash in the state of Tamil Nadu, in the south of the country. India. & ldquo; His premature death constitutes an irreparable loss to our armed forces and our country & nbsp; & rdquo;, & rsquo; tweet & eacute; Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.

Considered r & eacute; as a close friend of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the general, & acirc; g & eacute; 63, was the country's first chief of staff, a post created in 2019. The helicopter, a Russian-made Mi-17, is crashed for some reason near Coonoor, at the time when & ugrave; he was beginning his descent. He was heading to the Defense Services Staff College (DSSC), a Defense training institution, where & ugrave; the general was to speak to young recruits and staff at a nearby air base.

A Lone Survivor

Videos shown on Indian news channels showed the wreckage of the ignited aircraft, in a dense forest area near its destination, with people attempting to douse the blaze with buckets of water leading away and a group of soldiers an injured on a makeshift stretcher. The helicopter is crushed & agrave; about 10 kilometers from the nearest road, obliging emergency responders to get there. to surrender & agrave; foot at the scene of the accident. The sole survivor of the crash, a DSSC captain, was killed. transport & oacute; to a nearby military hospital.

Coming from a military family from which several generations served in the Indian armed forces, General Rawat had joined the army as a second lieutenant in 1978. In four deaths cennies of service, he had commanded; the armed forces in Kashmir administered; through India, and those posted along the Line of Control separating it from China. Among his feats of arms, he is credited; of having weakened a separatist insurgency & agrave; India & rsquo; northeast border.

United States greets & ldquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & rquo;He was leader of the 1.3 million strong land force from 2017 2019, before being high at the rank of chief of staff, a post created; to improve coordination between the Army, Air and Navy. & ldquo; He has successfully completed this mission, and it will not be easy to find a successor for him, & rdquo; said the general retired DS Hooda, former commander of the Northern region.

United States Defense Minister Lloyd Austin has qualified for his part; Bipin Rawat & ldquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; of friend and partner of the United States & nbsp; & rd; who & ldquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & agrave; Building the American-Indian Defense Partnership. The Secretary General of the UN Antonio Guterres said him & ldquo; & nbsp; expressed & eacute; his condolences to the families of the victims, to the people and to the Indian government, through the voice of his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, who recalled & eacute; that the general had ordered; the mission of the peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008 and 2009.