An Indian Air Force helicopter carrying Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, crashed in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, on Wednesday.
In data placed in Parliament recently, seven IAF aircraft have crashed in the last two years.
October 21, 2021: A Mirage 2000 fighter jet on a training sortie crashed in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind district.
August 25, 2021: In Rajasthan’s Barmer, a MiG-21 fighter aircraft crashed during a training mission.
May 20, 2021: Another fighter jet crashed in Moga, Punjab, killing an IAF pilot.
March 17, 2021: A group captain of the IAF was killed in an accident involving a Mig-21 Bison aircraft in Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior.
January 5, 2021: A MiG 21 Bison aircraft crashed while landing in Rajasthan’s Suratgarh. The pilot was ejected safely.
Here is a list of similar crashes involving prominent personalities in the recent past:
September 2, 2009: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy died in a helicopter crash in a forest near Tirupati.
March 31, 2005: Haryana’s Power Minister O P Jindal and Agriculture Minister Surendra Singh died in a helicopter crash near Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
September 2004: A helicopter heading towards Shillong from Guwahati crashed due to bad weather. Meghalaya Community Development Minister Cyprian Sangma, legislators HN Marak of United Democratic Party and Ardhendu Chowdhury of NCP, and former Deputy Speaker Aira Marak were killed.
March 2002: Lok Sabha Speaker GMC Balayogi died as his chopper crashed near a pond at Kaikalur in Andhra Pradesh’s Krishna district.
May 2001: Education Minister of Arunachal Pardesh Dera Natung died in a helicopter crash in May 2001.