Group Captain Varun Singh, lone survivor in IAF chopper crash, passes away
New Delhi, December 15, 2021
Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor in the Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter crash of December 8 which resulted in the death of the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and 12 others, has succumbed to his injuries this morning, official sources said.
"IAF is deeply saddened to inform the passing away of braveheart Group Captain Varun Singh, who succumbed this morning to the injuries sustained in the helicopter accident on 08 Dec 21," the IAF said on Twitter.
"IAF offers sincere condolences and stands firmly with the bereaved family," it added.
Gen Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 others were killed when the Mi-17V5 helicopter carrying them crashed near Coonoor in the misty Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu around noon on December 8.
There were 14 people on board the helicopter, including Gen Rawat, Mrs Rawat, eight other passengers and four members of crew when it crashed around noon.
Gp Capt Varun Singh, Directing Staff at Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington was initially under treatment at Military Hospital, Wellington. A day later, on Thursday evening, was airlifted to the Indian Air Force's Command Hospital in Bengaluru for further treatment.
Hospital sources had said that the IAF officer is on life support. He had suffered severe burn injuries and his condition was critical.
Varun Singh was awarded the Shurya Chakra on Independence Day this year for saving his Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) during a challenging emergency situation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among those who condoled the passing away of Group Captain Varun Singh.
"Group Captain Varun Singh served the nation with pride, valour and utmost professionalism. I am extremely anguished by his passing away. His rich service to the nation will never be forgotten. Condolences to his family and friends," the Prime Minister said.