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IAF Helicopter Crash; CMCH team has set off for Wellington:

IAF Helicopter Crash; CMCH team has set off for Wellington:

IAF Helicopter Crash

A six-member team from the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) left for Wellington on Wednesday afternoon to assist the medical team in the Army Hospital there, which is treating those rescued from the IAF chopper crash site.

CMCH Dean A. Nirmala said a team comprising surgeons and physicians left for the Nilgiris with a police escort. Ten beds each have been kept on standby at CMCH and the Government Medical College and ESI Hospital, Coimbatore.

A senior doctor with a private hospital in Coimbatore, which has a burns division and skin bank, said that he was contacted by officials from the Nilgiris to check the prospects of shifting those who were rescued with burns from the crash site.

“We are not sure if the burn victims are in a safe condition to be transported to Coimbatore. Arrangements have been made for their treatment if they are brought,” he said.

CDS chief General Bipin Rawat, wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 other persons who were on board ill-fated IAF chopper Mi-17V5 which crash-landed today in Tamil Nadu have died in the incident.

The helicopter crashed in the Katteri-Nanchappanchathram area near Coonoor in the hilly Nilgiris district. According to a PTI report, the chopper crashed in a forest area, reportedly due to poor visibility following heavy fog. The helicopter, carrying a few senior officials, was on its way from Sulur in Coimbatore to Defence Staff College in Wellington where Gen Rawat, along with Chief of Army Staff MM Naravane, was slated to participate in an event.

The IAF said a Court of Inquiry has been ordered into the accident, involving a Mi-17VH chopper that took from the Sulur IAF Station in nearby Coimbatore.

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