Group captain Varun Singh, who was rescued after helicopter controlled who killed Chief of Defense General Bipin Rawat and 12 others on December 8, died today.
Group captain Singh was treated for serious burns at a military hospital in Bengaluru after being moved from Wellington in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor.
According to officials, he had been on life support.
The Indian Air Force said he died of his injuries this morning.
“The IAF is deeply saddened to announce the passing of the brave group captain Varun Singh, who this morning succumbed to the injuries sustained in the December 8 helicopter crash. The IAF sincerely apologizes and stands firm with the bereaved family,” said an Air Force statement.
The IAF is deeply saddened to announce the passing of the brave group captain Varun Singh, who this morning succumbed to the injuries sustained in the December 8 helicopter crash. The IAF sincerely condoles and stands firm with the bereaved family.
– Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) December 15, 2021
In the past week, there had been a deluge of wishes and messages for the award-winning Shaurya Chakra officer, who was the only one pulled out alive after the helicopter crash killed India’s supreme general. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in mourning his death.
“Group Captain Varun Singh served the nation with pride, bravery and utmost professionalism. I am extremely sorry for his passing. His rich service to the nation will never be forgotten. Condolences to his family and friends. On Shanti,” submitted PM Modi.
Group captain Varun Singh served the nation with pride, bravery and utmost professionalism. I’m extremely sorry about his passing. His rich service to the nation will never be forgotten. Condolences to his family and friends. About Shanti.
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 15, 2021
Exactly one week ago, General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 12 others flew from Sulur Air Base to Wellington when their Mi17V5 Air Force chopper crashed into the hills seven minutes before landing.
What caused the crash is being investigated by a top-level investigation.
Group Captain Singh was first treated at Wellington Military Hospital. He was transferred to Bengaluru Command Hospital last Thursday.
The officer’s father, Colonel KP Singh, had last week described his son as a fighter.
The Air Force officer won the Shaurya Chakra in August for his courage in handling his plane after it was hit by a chin during an outing last year. He managed to land his Tejas fighter safely.
Co-officers mourned the loss of one of the country’s best.
Recently, a letter written by group captain Singh to his school after receiving the Shaurya Chakra had gone viral.
“It’s ok to be mediocre … but it’s by no means a goal for things to come in life. Find your calling … whatever you work towards, do your best … never lose hope, “he had said in the letter, describing himself as an average student who found his calling and worked hard to excel in it.