The Washington Post

Bad weather caused crash that killed India’s military chief:


An air force helicopter crash that killed India’s military chief and 13 other people was caused by an unexpected change in weather that disoriente­d the pilot, a military court said in preliminar­y findings. The helicopter was flying through a valley last month with Gen. Bipin Rawat, his wife and

12 other army and air force personnel on board when a change in weather led the pilot to fly into clouds, the court of inquiry said. “This led to spatial disorienta­tion of the pilot resulting in controlled flight into terrain,” the court said. The court ruled out mechanical failure, sabotage and negligence. Rawat, 63, his wife and 11 others were killed on impact. The lone survivor, air force Capt. Varun Singh, died later in treatment.

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