(NEW DELHI) JUST IN: An Indian army helicopter carrying the country’s military chief has crashed in southern Tamil Nadu state, in the country’s south #AceNewsDesk report

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#AceDailyNews says according to AP News Report: The air force did not say whether Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat was injured in the accident.

Posted 3h ago, updated 45m ago

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to make a statement in parliament soon.

Television images showed the helicopter in flames as local residents tried to douse it.

There was no immediate confirmation of the number of people on the helicopter, but local news channels showed a flight manifest that displayed the names of nine people as passengers, including Mr Rawat’s wife and other senior defence officials.

The air force said in a tweet that an inquiry had been ordered into the accident.

Mr Rawat is the most senior official in the Indian military. He is also an adviser to the Defence Ministry.

A man in military uniform speaks to the media
It is unknown whether Bipin Rawat is injured.(AP)

He assumed the newly created post last year after retiring as army chief.

The Press Trust of India news agency said the Mi-17V5 helicopter was on its way from an air force base to the army defence services college when it crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu.

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