India’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, and 11 others died in a military chopper crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. It is indeed a sad news for all us. We all are shaken. It is unbelievable.
The armed force said that positive identification of only three mortal remains — Gen Rawat, Madhulika Rawat and Brig L.S. Lidder — has been possible as of now, and their mortal remains will be released to the next of kin for final rites as desired by the respective families.
Hundreds of soldiers escorted the carriage bearing the 63-year-old general's body on its final journey through India's capital. A dozen senior military officers had earlier kept a vigil while his body lay in state at his home.
Six Pakistani peacekeepers have been killed along with two others when their helicopter went down in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to the UN.
The bodies had not been found as of Friday afternoon, according to the official. Representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were traveling to the area to investigate.
A helicopter on relief operation in Balochistan was reported missing on Monday night with six passengers and crew -- including one of the army's top commanders, Lieutenant-General Sarfraz Ali.
His training included a fundamental armor course and a fundamental flying course, helicopters and tactical planes, as well as parachutist course. He has an experience in flying the Gazelle helicopter armor and fleet, fly school and air college.
A search was still ongoing for two other passengers after the crash Monday, whose cause was not immediately clear, police and port authorities said.
Sheikha Mozah said: “I’m thrilled to be the first female pilot to test this revolutionary aircraft. It was not only a personal milestone but an opportunity to shatter another glass ceiling for women.