On December 8, 2021, how did the country's first CDS Bipin Rawat's chopper crash? The solution to this query was discovered in the army's inquiry report. The findings of the investigation were also shared with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh today. In a 45-minute presentation, the Indian Air Force detailed the conclusions of the three services' investigation. The investigative report has yet to be released, but media reports say that the helicopter crashed owing to severe weather on that day.
The chopper was on its way to the railway track when it crashed on December 8, killing General Bipin Rawat and 13 other people. According to a media report, inclement weather was identified as the primary cause of the chopper crash in the inquiry report. Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan was the pilot of the Mi-17V5 helicopter that day, according to the investigation team, and he had said just 8 minutes before the crash that he was getting the helicopter to land. He kept the helicopter at a low altitude. The helicopter was flying at a height of roughly 500-600 meters above the ground when a dense layer of clouds obscured visibility.
According to accounts, Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan was flying the helicopter down the railway track intending to land at the Defense Services Staff College in Wellington, where General Rawat was scheduled to deliver a lecture. 8 minutes before the disaster, the final transmission was recorded. According to media reports citing sources, the likelihood of any wrongdoing or damage in the investigation report has been ruled out altogether.
According to government sources, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh was given a 45-minute thorough presentation on behalf of the Indian Air Force on the investigative report of the CDS chopper disaster. The three militaries' investigative reports included numerous critical recommendations on the future of the chopper carrying VIPs as well as the cause of the disaster. Changes to the SOP for choppers carrying senior army officers have also been proposed by the investigating team. According to ANI, the Mi-17V5 helicopter was on its way to a railway track on the hill when it crashed into heavy clouds.
The 'Court of Inquiry' examining the crash has been led by Air Marshal Manvendra Singh. The 14 people killed in the accident at Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, were General Rawat, his wife Madhulika, their defense advisor Brigadier L S Lidder, Staff Officer to the Chief of Defense Staff Lt Col Harjinder Singh, and Group Captain Varun Singh. According to reports, the police team investigated all possible causes of the tragedy, including human error or a crew member being preoccupied while preparing for the helicopter's landing. Air Marshal Singh is regarded as one of the greatest investigators in the country when it comes to air crash investigations. He is now in charge of the Indian Army's Training Command.