- Group Captain Varun Singh was accompanying CDS Gen Rawat in the helicopter that crashed in TN
- He was undergoing treatment at a military hospital in Bengaluru. He was on life support
- Group Captain Varun Singh was the recipient of the Shaurya Chakra
Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on December 8, succumbed to injuries on Wednesday afternoon. He was undergoing treatment at a military hospital in Bengaluru.
"IAF is 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 08 Dec 21. IAF offers sincere condolences and stands firmly with the bereaved family," the IAF said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief at the demise of Group Captain Varun Singh.
"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," he tweeted.
Last Thursday, Group Captain Varun Singh was shifted to the Command Hospital in Bengaluru from Wellington in Tamil Nadu. The Group Captain was admitted to a hospital in Wellington with severe burn injuries on Wednesday following the crash.
Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 11 armed forces personnel were killed in the Mi-17V5 helicopter crash near Coonoor.
Group Captain Singh, a decorated officer, was on board the Russian-made chopper as the liaison officer for the visit of Gen Rawat, India's senior-most military officer, to the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington. He was conferred the Shaurya Chakra in August for averting a possible mid-air accident after his Tejas light combat aircraft developed a major technical snag last year.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah condole the demise of IAF office.
"Pained beyond words to learn of the demise of IAF pilot, Group Captain Varun Singh. He was a true fighter who fought till his last breath. My thoughts and deepest condolences are with his family and friends. We stand firmly with the family, in this hour of grief," Rajnath tweeted.
"Deeply pained to learn about the passing away of Group Captain Varun Singh, who was battling with the injuries after the helicopter accident in Coonoor. May God bless the Brave's soul and give strength to his family. My deepest condolences. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti," Shah tweeted.