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Fact check: Video of helicopter on fire mid-air is not of CDS Bipin Rawat’s chopper, it’s a 2020 clip from Syria

Fact check: Video of helicopter on fire mid-air is not of CDS Bipin Rawat’s chopper, it’s a 2020 clip from Syria

Fact check: Video of helicopter on fire mid-air is not of CDS Bipin Rawat’s chopper, it’s a 2020 clip from Syria

Fact check: Video of helicopter on fire mid-air is not of CDS Rawat’s chopper, it’s a 2020 clip from Syria

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A video claiming to be of the Indian Air Force helicopter carrying Chief of Defence Staff  Bipin Rawat which crashed in Tamil Nadu is spreading on social media like fire.

The video shows a helicopter catching fire in air and heading for imminent crash.

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It has been shared by various users and has garnered hundreds of retweets and likes. Many people believe it is the video of Rawat’s chopper

Fact check

The video spreading on social media is not of the chopper carrying Bipin Rawat. It is the video of crash that took place in Syria in 2020.

According to a report in The Aviation Geek Club, a blog on aviation events, a Syaad Mi-17 helicopter got hit by a missile fired allegedly by Turkish and Al Qaeda- backed militia over Syria in February 2020.

The video was also shared by a journalist and aviation analyst Babak Taghvaee on 11 February 2020 on Twitter.. “#Turkish Army targeted a Mi-17 utility helicopter of #Syria Arab Air Force over Al-Nayrab, #Idlib an hour ago. It can be seen crashing,” he tweeted.

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Indian Air Force on Wednesday announced the demise of Chief General Bipin Rawat along with 12 others in a chopper crash.

Rawat is India’s first chief of defence staff, a position that the government established in 2019, and is seen as close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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The 63-year-old was travelling in a Russian-made Mi-17 chopper that “met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu”, the Indian Air Force said on Twitter.

Rawat and his wife were on board along with other officers and were headed to the Defence Services Staff College, a senior army officer told AFP.

Videos broadcast on Indian news channels showed a fiery wreck at the crash site in a dense forested area near the college in Nilgiris district.

Media reports said the chopper took off from Sulur Air Force Station on Wednesday afternoon.

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