(AP) — India’s air force says the country’s military chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others have been killed in a helicopter crash in southern Tamil Nadu state. It says in a tweet that the helicopter “met with a tragic accident.” The dead included Rawat’s wife. The air force says one officer survived and is being treated in a military hospital.
The Russian-made Mi-17V5 helicopter was on its way from an air force base to the army defense services college when it crashed near a hill station. The reason for the crash was not immediately known.
Rawat was the most senior official in the Indian military and was tasked with modernizing it and improving coordination among its three services.