Group Captain Varun Singh, lone survivor of chopper crash passes away


Group Captain Varun Singh, who was the lone survivor of the ill fated Indian Air Force helicopter crash on December 8, succumbed to injuries on Wednesday morning.  Shaurya Chakra awardee Singh had sustained serious injuries in the chopper accident on December 8 in which CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 others had lost their lives.

In a tweet, the Indian Air Force said,” It was deeply saddened to inform the passing away of braveheart Group Captain Varun Singh, who succumbed this morning to the injuries sustained in the helicopter accident on December 8. IAF offers sincere condolences and stands firmly with the bereaved family.” The brave officer was under treatment at a Bengaluru military hospital after he was moved from Wellington in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor. He had been on life support.

PM Modi in his tweet said: “Group Captain Varun Singh served the nation with pride, valour and utmost professionalism. I am extremely anguished by his passing away. His rich service to the nation will never be forgotten. Condolences to his family and friends. Om Shanti.”

Forty-year -old Varun Singh’s father K P Singh has retired from Army and his brother Tanuj Singh is a naval officer.