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CDS Gen Rawat had survived chopper crash in Nagaland six years ago

NEW DELHI: India's first Chief of Defence Staff and longest-serving four-star officer General Bipin Rawat, who died on Wednesday in a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu's Coonoor, had a narrow escape six years ago when his Cheetah helicopter crashed in Nagaland in February 2015.

The incident happened during his tenure as General Officer Commanding of Dimapur-based 3 Corps.

General Rawat and three army personnel had suffered minor injuries when their helicopter crashed seconds after taking off from Rabgapahar helipad in Dimapur district on February 3, 2015.

The chopper crashed after its engine stalled soon after the takeoff at a height of about 20 feet off the ground.

CDS Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 others, who were on board IAF's Mi-17V5 helicopter, died in the crash on Wednesday.


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