Group Captain Varun Singh Succumbs to Injuries in IAF Chopper Crash

Group Captain Varun Singh Succumbs to Injuries in IAF Chopper Crash

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Group Captain Varun Singh Succumbs to Injuries in IAF Chopper Crash

Group Captain Varun Singh died on Wednesday when the Indian Air Force‘s Mi-17v5 helicopter carrying him, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika, and 11 other military personnel crashed. Singh, the lone survivor of the incident, was fighting for his life at the Air Force Command Hospital in Bengaluru. With Singh’s death, the helicopter’s 14 occupants have all died. The Air Force expressed its “sincere sympathies” and stated that it “stands strongly with the grieving family.”

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“Sad to read that Group Captain Varun Singh breathed his last after putting up a courageous struggle for life,” President Ram Nath Kovind, the top commander of the armed forces, stated in response to the news. He demonstrated the soldierly character of gallantry and indomitable courage despite being gravely hurt in the chopper crash. He has earned the gratitude of the entire nation. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family.” Singh “served the nation with pride, gallantry, and ultimate professionalism,” according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Singh’s “great service to the nation will never be forgotten,” he said, adding that he was “very pained” by his death. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends.” Prime Minister Modi stated.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who attended the cremation service for the crash victims last week, expressed his grief at the news. “Pained beyond words to learn of the passing of IAF pilot, Group Captain Varun Singh,” he tweeted. He was a great fighter who battled till the last breath was taken from him. In this hour of sadness, we stand solidly with the family.” Since the collision, the Air Force officer had sustained significant burn injuries and had been on life support.

On December 9, the defence minister informed Parliament that a tri-services inquiry into the crash had been ordered, which is being led by Air Marshal Manavendra Singh, the Air Force’s senior-most serving helicopter pilot, who is the Commanding-in-Chief Training Command and previously served as the Director General of Inspection and Flight Safety. Last week, Group Captain Singh, 39, was serving as the Directing Staff at the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, where the CDS was scheduled to give a lecture.

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When he was a Wing Commander in October 2020, he was flying the Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas, and had a close call when the cockpit pressurisation failed at a high altitude. Despite being under “severe physical and emotional stress in an extraordinary life-threatening scenario,” he kept his cool and restored control of the plane, demonstrating remarkable flying talent. Then, at a height of 10,000 feet, the aircraft lost entire control again, and instead of ditching it, he landed it, taking a calculated risk. Singh comes from a long line of military officers.

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