New Delhi, Dec 11: Air Vice Marshal Sanjeev Raj VM expressed gratitude and thanked locals who volunteered to help in rescue operations of the tragic Indian Air Force helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu's Coonoor that killed Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and 12 others on Wednesday.
The Air Vice-Marshal thanked the people of Coonoor town, in a letter, for willfully abiding by their duties and voluntarily helping in the rescue mission.
“On behalf of the Army Officers Training College, Wellington and the Indian Air Force, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for all the assistance rendered by them and their civilians, during the tragic plane crash near their village at 12.15 pm on 08.12.2021. I pray to Almighty God that they and their families may live well,” Air Vice Marshal Sanjeev Raj wrote in his letter.
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General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat succumbed to injuries on December 8 after an Indian Air Force Mi-17V5 helicopter carrying 14 defence personnel crashed in Tamil Nadu's Coonoor.
The CDS along with his wife and 12 personnel of the defence staff were travelling to a college in Wellington when the devastating mishap took 13 lives. Group Captain Varun Singh is the lone survivor of the accident and is being treated in Bengaluru.