OREANDA-NEWS. A military helicopter crashed in India, carrying the Chief of the Defense Staff of the Indian Armed Forces Bipin Rawat and his wife. His death has been officially confirmed. There were members of the general's family and his assistants among the passengers. This was reported by the press service of the Indian Air Force (Air Force) on Twitter.

«An Air Force Mi-17V-5 helicopter with General Bipin Rawat on board crashed today near Kungur, Tamil Nadu. An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the accident», the report says.

There were 14 people on board, including four high-ranking officials. According to local media, 13 passengers died, only one person was found alive. He's been sent to the hospital. Specialists went to the scene of the incident to investigate and determine the cause of the incident.

Earlier, a similar case occurred in Azerbaijan. A military helicopter crashed there during the exercises. 14 people died.