Group Captain Varun Singh, injured in IAF helicopter crash, passes away in hospital

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The officer, the lone survivor of the Mi-17V5 helicopter crash in which CDS General Bipin Rawat died, was undergoing treatment at Bangalore’s Command Hospital

File image of Group Captain Varun Singh. ANI

Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the Indian Air Force helicopter crash near Coonoor on 8 December, has passed away after succumbing to his injuries, the IAF has tweeted.

Group Captain Singh was undergoing treatment at a military hospital in Bengaluru.

On Tuesday, speaking to news agency ANI, IAF officials had said, “Group Captain Varun Singh’s medical condition continues to be critical but he is stable. He is on life support system in Bangalore Command Hospital.”

Shortly after it was confirmed that Group Captain Varun Singh had passed away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid condolences on Twitter.

The Indian Army also paid tribute to the brave officer. Honouring the soldier, the Indian Army wrote on Twitter, General MM Naravane #COAS & All Ranks of #IndianArmy pay heartfelt condolences on the demise of Group Captain Varun Singh, who succumbed this morning to the injuries sustained in the unfortunate helicopter accident in #Coonoor on 08 Dec 21.

Home Minister Amit Shah too paid condolences and prayed for the deceased’s family.

Thirteen of the 14 people on board the Mi-17V5 helicopter, including India’s first Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat, were among those killed after it crashed on 8 December.

Group Captain Singh, a decorated officer, was on board the Russian-made chopper as the liaison officer for the visit of General Rawat to the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington.

He was conferred the Shaurya Chakra in August for averting a possible mid-air accident after his Tejas light combat aircraft developed a major technical snag last year.

With inputs from agencies

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