Lone survivor group captain Varun Singh’s health is critical but stable


New Delhi | Jagran Press Office: The state of health of Group Captain Varun Singh, the sole survivor of the ill-fated IAF helicopter that crashed on Wednesday, killing 13 of the 14 occupants, including India’s Chief of Defense Staff, the General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat, remained in critical but stable condition, Indian Air Force (IAF) officials informed Saturday.

Group Captain Varun Singh was transferred to the Air Force Command Hospital in Bengaluru from Wellington Military Hospital on Thursday for further treatment. Varun Singh was one of 14 people aboard the Indian Air Force (IAF) MI-17V5 helicopter that crashed in the hilly Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu on December 8.

With the exception of Varun Singh, the other 13 occupants were killed in the tragic accident. Among those who died in the crash were the Chief of the Defense Staff, General Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, his defense adviser, Brigadier Lakhbinder Singh Lidder, the staff officer Lieutenant-Colonel Harjinder Singh and nine other members of the armed forces, including the air force helicopter crew.

Group Captain Varun Singh received the Shaurya Chakra, India’s third peacetime bravery award, from Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Independence Day this year for saving his LCA fighter plane Tejas during an aviation emergency in 2020.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Defense, Wing Commander Varun Singh was on October 12, 2020, performing an LCA system check trip, far from the home base, after a major rectification of the flight control system ( FCS) and the pressurization system. (life support environment control system). During the exit, the cockpit pressurization failed at high altitude.

“He correctly identified the failure and initiated a descent to a lower altitude for landing. During the descent, the flight control system failed and resulted in a complete loss of control of the aircraft. of an unprecedented catastrophic failure that had never happened, ”the defense ministry said. statement had said.

Shortly thereafter, at approximately 10,000 feet, the aircraft again suffered a complete loss of control with vicious maneuvering and uncontrollable pitch. In such a scenario, the pilot was free to abandon the aircraft. Faced with potential danger to his own life, he displayed extraordinary courage and skill in landing the fighter plane safely, the statement said.

Earlier today, the daughters of the Chief of the Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat, collected their parents’ ashes from the Brar Square crematorium and immersed them in the Ganges in Haridwar in Uttarakhand. General Bipin Rawat’s daughters, Kritika and Tarini, celebrated their parents’ last rites on Friday. General Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat were cremated with full military honors at Brar Square Crematorium in Delhi Cantonment on Friday.

(With contributions from the agency)

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