Group Captain Varun Singh, who was the lone survivor from the Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter crash that claimed the lives of CDS General Bipin Rawat and 12 others passed away at the IAF Command Hospital here early on Wednesday.
The Indian Air Force confirmed the news on its official handle on the microblogging website. “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,” read the tweet.
Varun Singh, a Shaurya Chakra awardee, was taken to the Military Hospital, Wellington, and later moved to Command Hospital, Bengaluru, where his medical condition remained critical despite the best efforts. He had sustained severe burns and remained unconscious, officials said.
In August, he was conferred Shaurya Chakra, India’s third-highest peacetime gallantry award, for exceptional gallantry as a Wing Commander in October 2020 when he was posted with a Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) squadron.