A military chopper, which is said to have carried defence officials, including Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff, crashed in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. The chopper was carrying defence officials from Sulur IAF station to Wellington, Coonoor.
An official statement from the Indian Army is awaited.
A total of 14 people including Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife, Defence Assistant, security commandos and IAF pilots were on board the chopper.
Remains of the chopper in Coonoor
The local military officers have reached the location and were told that locals have taken two bodies with 80 per cent burns to a local hospital. Few bodies can be seen downhill in the area of the accident. Efforts are on to retrieve the bodies and check identities