13 dead out of total 14 onboard, fate of CDS Bipin Rawat not known yet
New Delhi, Dec. 8 (Delhi Crown): Those who died in today’s chopper crash in Tamil Nadu will be identified with the help of DNA tests as the bodies are said to have been burnt beyond recognition, confirmed a senior defence official on Wednesday.
Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and senior Defence officials were onboard the ill-fated chopper, which was on its way from Delhi to Coonoor.
It crashed near Coonoor.
According to media reports, 13 of the total 14 persons onboard have been declared dead and only one with 80% burn injuries is said to be alive.
Neither the identity of the alive person has been revealed, nor the fate of CDS Bipin Rawat.
After the news of the crash spread, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and top Defence officials visited Bipin Rawat’s family, including two daughters, in Delhi.