AMARAVATI: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed shock over the IAF helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu, in which Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat was onboard.
Words fail to describe the incident that befell the serving Defence Chief and the State of Andhra Pradesh stands with the nation in this hour of shock and expresses its resolute solidarity, a statement read from the AP CMO's office.
Taking to Twitter the Chief Minister wrote:
Deeply anguished by the demise of CDS Gen Bipin Rawat ji & his wife. My prayers go out to the families of the Armed Forces Personnel who lost their lives in this horrific tragedy, including AP's brave son, Lance Naik B Sai Teja, who was PSO to the CDS.@IAF_MCC @adgpi @indiannavy— YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (@ysjagan) December 8, 2021
Out of the fourteen people a soldier from Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh was among those who died in the helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu. Lance Naik B Sai Teja of Kurabalakota was part of the Personal Security division of the Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat who also died in the mishap
The IAF in an official announcement stated that Gen Rawat, his wife Madhulika, and 11 other people on board the helicopter died in a crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. It said Group Captain Varun Singh with injuries is currently under treatment at a military hospital in Wellington (in Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu).