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IAF helicopter crash: group captain, sole survivor, Varun Singh, on life support

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IAF group captain Varun Singh, the sole survivor of the Mi-17V5 helicopter crash.

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  • IAF group captain Varun Singh is the sole survivor of the Mi-17V5 helicopter crash
  • Rajnath Singh said efforts were being made to save the IAF officer
  • Group Captain Varun Singh is the recipient of the Shaurya Chakra Bravery Award

Group Captain Varun Singh, the sole survivor of the helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu, is currently on life support in a Wellington hospital, Defense Minister Rjnath Singh said in Lok Sabha. He said every effort was being made to save him.

Group Captain Varun Singh was in the IAF Mi-17 helicopter with CDS General Bipin Rawat and others when it crashed. Reports say that group captain Varun Singh suffered more than 60 percent burns in the crash.

“Group Captain Varun Singh is on life support at Wellington Military Hospital. Every effort is being made to save his life,” the defense minister said.

According to sources, ANI News Agency reported that group captain Varun Singh’s condition is critical but stable. He is under surveillance and, if necessary, can be transferred from Wellington Military Hospital to Command Hospital in Bangalore.

Group captain Varun Singh, also a winner of the Shaurya Chakra Award, won the Bravery Award for showing courage in handling his Tejas fighter jet after encountering a major technical glitch when it was released in October 2020. He managed to land the Tejas plane despite losing control of the fighter plane due to multiple technical failures.

Earlier Wednesday, the IAF M17 helicopter crashed near Coonoor in Ooty, resulting in the deaths of the Chief of the Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 11 other operatives armed personnel.

READ MORE: RIP CDS General Bipin Rawat: The Man Who Was Born To Serve The Indian Army

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