A pilot error led to the chopper crash, which led to the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin
Rawat’s death in March in the first report of the inquiry team investigating the incident.
“The accident occurred as a result of entering clouds due to an abrupt shift in the weather
in the valley.
This caused spatial confusion of the pilot, resulting in a Controlled Flight into Terrain
(CFIT),” researchers discovered following an analysis of data from the Flight Data Recorder
and Cockpit Voice Recorder in addition to questioning witnesses to determine the likely
CFIT is when an airworthy aircraft in the full command of its pilot is accidentally flown into
the ground, water, or another obstruction.
According to IATA (International Air Transport Association), the term refers to accidents
involving during flight collisions with water, terrain, or any other obstacle that happens
without evidence of losing control.
According to the United States, Federal Aviation Administration states that CFIT can be
described as ”.
an accidental collision that occurs with the terrain (ground mountain, a body of water or an
obstruction) when the aircraft is in positive control.”
The critical difference in these incidents is that the aircraft is under the supervision of the
A Mi-17V5 helicopter carried Gen Rawat, his wife Madhulika, and 12 other soldiers in the
Sulur Air Force base in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore to Wellington’s Defence Staff Services
Colleges it crashed on the 8th of December last year.
The crash resulted in the deaths of CDS Gen Rawat, his wife, and 11 others. The Group
Captain Varun Singh, a co-passenger on the helicopter who miraculously survived the
crash, only to succumb to severe burn injuries just a few days after.
The Tri-Services Court of Inquiry, headed by the nation’s most renowned pilot of
helicopters, Air Marshal Manvendra Singh, into the Mi-17 V5 accident has presented its
preliminary conclusions. This Court of Inquiry ruled out mechanical failure, sabotage, or
negligence as the main factor in the crash.
“Based on the findings of the Court, The Court of Inquiry has made specific
recommendations which are currently being evaluated,” it said.