CDS CHOPPER CRASH | Tri-services inquiry underway: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday told Parliament that a tri-services inquiry led by Air Marshal Manavendra Singh has started investigation into the helicopter crash that killed Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and 12 others.

Briefing both houses of Parliament on the crash, Singh said that all efforts were being made to save IAF Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, who was on life support at the military hospital in Wellington.

“A tri-services inquiry headed by Air Marshal Manavendra Singh has been ordered by the Indian Air Force. A team of investigators had reached Wellington yesterday (Wednesday) itself and started their work,” Singh said.

Gen Rawat, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, his wife Madhulika and 11 other armed forces personnel died when the military helicopter they were traveling in crashed.

The last rites of the Chief of Defence Staff will be performed with full military honors, Singh said.