Digital Desk, New Delhi. A major accident happened in Coonoor on the 8th of the last month of last year. A total of 14 people, including the country’s first CDS General Bipin Rawat, were killed in this helicopter crash in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. The cause of the accident was revealed in the investigation report submitted by different investigation teams to the Ministry of Defense. The investigating agencies have informed the Defense Minister about these reports. The Court of Inquiry into the accident was headed by Air Marshal Manvendra Singh.
The Indian Air Force told the results of the investigation of the three forces in a 45-minute presentation. Officially, information about the investigation report has not been given but according to media reports, bad weather was the main reason for the accident. The possibility of error or damage in the investigation report has been completely ruled out.
According to the investigation team, the pilot of the Mi-17V5 helicopter that day was Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan, just eight minutes before the crash, he had talked about landing, when suddenly a quivering cloud covered the whole area, reducing the visibility. At that time the helicopter was at a height of about five hundred meters from the ground, then suddenly a big accident happened. The last communication was recorded 8 minutes before the crash. According to the investigation report, the pilot Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan was flying the helicopter following the railway line, the helicopter was to land at the Defense Services Staff College in Wellington, where General Rawat was to make a statement.
Government sources told news agency ANI that the Defense Minister was given a presentation on behalf of the Indian Air Force regarding the investigation report of the traumatic accident for 45 minutes. In all the three investigation reports, along with giving the reason for the accident, many important suggestions have been made regarding the aircraft flying with VIPs in future. The investigation team talked about changes in the SOP regarding the helicopter carrying senior army officers.