On December 8, 2021, 13 people including CDS Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, and 11 others died when their helicopter crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Konnur area. Against this backdrop, a video has been viral on social media as live footage of the incident.
Live Breaking News : IAF Helicopter Crash Live Updates: CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife, 11 others killed in chopper crash in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor#Bipin_Rawat #BipinRawatHelicopterCrash pic.twitter.com/50zrH9q6yY
— DB NEWS (@dbnewsindia) December 8, 2021
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We performed a reverse image search of the video frames and discovered that the chopper shown in the video was actually the Indian Air Force’s Mi-17 model which crashed in Arunachal Pradesh on November 18, 2021. ANI tweeted the same video on November 18 while reporting on the incident. Two pilots and three crew members were aboard the helicopter when it crashed. However, they all survived and sustained only minor injuries.
#WATCH video of the Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopter that crash-landed near a helipad in Eastern Arunachal Pradesh today with two pilots and three crew members. All of them are safe with minor injuries.
(Source: a local person) pic.twitter.com/cTUbzZRT3J
— ANI (@ANI) November 18, 2021
East Mojo had also shared this clip while reporting on the Mi-17 crash.
IAF’s MI-17 helicopter crash-landed at Roccham helipad in Arunachal’s #Anjaw district on Thursday. No casualties were reported.
The helicopter was doing ration sorties from Hayuliang to Roccham for the Indian Army and included two pilots, one engineer and two crew members. pic.twitter.com/Jncm5647hq
— EastMojo (@EastMojo) November 18, 2021
Hindustan Times shared the footage in a November 19 video story on the incident.
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