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Who was Captain Varun Singh?

Gp Captain Varun Singh was the only survivor of the helicopter crash that happened on 8 December 2021. He was along with 13 other members, including CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and his wife, who lost their lives in this tragic incident.

CDS Bipin Rawat was undergoing treatment in the hospital after the plane crash but was declared dead shortly afterward. Indian Air Force Group Captain Varun Singh is alive after the helicopter crash. His condition is critical.

Sole survivor Varun Singh dies in hospital

Group Captain Varun Singh, the only person to have survived the December 8 Mi-17V5 chopper crash in which 13 people including chief of defense staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat were killed, passed away on Wednesday morning after battling for life for a week.

The IAF (Indian Air Force) is deeply saddened to inform the passing away of brave heart Group Captain Varun Singh, who succumbed this morning to the injuries sustained in the helicopter accident on December 8, 2021. The IAF offers sincere condolences and stands firmly with the bereaved family,” the air force said in a statement on Twitter.

Singh passed away at the Air Force Command Hospital in Bengaluru.

Son of an army officer, Singh was awarded Shaurya Chakra earlier this year for displaying outstanding courage and presence of mind while handling a rare mid-air emergency involving a light combat aircraft (LCA) that he was flying last year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted about Singh’s demise. “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,” the PM wrote.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh said he was pained beyond words to learn of the officer’s demise. “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,” the minister tweeted.

Congress leader Rahul extended his condolences to Singh’s family and friends. “This is a sad moment for the country. We all are with you in this grief,” he tweeted.

President Ram Nath Kovind conferred Shaurya Chakra, India’s third-highest peacetime gallantry medal, on Varun Singh on August 15, 2021. He was a wing commander at that time. On October 12, 2020, Singh was flying a test sortie on an LCA when an emergency developed due to the failure of cockpit pressurization at a high altitude.

Captain Varun Singh Biography, Wikipedia

Group Captain Varun Singh, the sole survivor of the IAF chopper crash on Wednesday, has suffered 45 percent burn injuries and is under treatment, as per sources. His condition is critical but his vitals are stable, they said.

A call to shift him from the Military Hospital in Wellington to the Air Force Command Hospital in Bengaluru is being assessed.

Speaking in Parliament, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “Group Captain Varun Singh is on life support in the Military Hospital at Wellington and all efforts are being made to save his life.”

In a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and 12 others — including his wife Madhulika and 11 armed forces personnel — lost their lives. There were fourteen people on board. Group Captain Varun Singh was the only one who survived.

Captain Varun Singh Biography Wikipedia
Captain Varun Singh
ProfessionIndian Air Force Personnel
Physical Stats & More
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt and Pepper
Defence Services
Service/BranchIndian Air Force
Service Number27987 F(P)
Award, Honour15 August 2021: Shaurya Chakra
Personal Life
Age (as of 2021)Not Known
BirthplaceKanholi village, Rudrapur tehsil, Deoria, Uttar Pradesh
HometownDeoria, Uttar Pradesh
SchoolChandi Mandir School, Chandigarh (Class 12)
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Wife/SpouseName not known.
ChildrenHe has a son (elder) and a daughter.
ParentsFather– K. P. Singh (Colonel (retd.) from the regiment of Army Air Defence (AAD))
Mother– Uma Singh
SiblingsBrother– Lieutenant Commander Tanuj Singh (Officer in the Indian Navy)

Captain Varun Singh Achievements

Gp Capt Varun Singh (27987) is a pilot in a Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Squadron. He was awarded the Shaurya Chakra On Independence Day 2021 by President Ram Nath Kovind for an act of gallantry and valor.

Without caring about his own safety, Gp Capt Singh rescued the LCA Tejas fighter aircraft during an air emergency in 2020. He is currently the directing staff of the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) in Wellington in Tamil Nadu.

Some Interesting Facts About Capt. Varun Singh

  • Group Captain Varun Singh is an Indian Air Force officer, who serves as the directing staff of the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) in Wellington, Tamil Nadu.
  • Singh joined Defence Services after he got selected in NDA in 2004. He is a test pilot with the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Squadron in IAF in Bengaluru and was appointed the Wing Commander on 19 June 2017 before being recently promoted to IAF Group Captain.
  • Varun Singh is the nephew of Congress leader Akhilesh Pratap Singh.
  • On 15 August 2021, the country’s third-highest gallantry medal, Shaurya Chakra, was conferred to Varun who was a Wing Commander with the Tejas fighter squadron of the IAF at the time. He was honoured by President Ram Nath Kovind for his courage in handling his Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas fighter during an emergency on 12 October 2020. The aircraft developed a system failure and major technical issues during Singh’s sortie, which resulted in a total loss of control, but Varun managed to regain control of the aircraft and landed his Tejas fighter safely despite the mid-air emergency at around 10,000 feet. Ministry of Defence stated that the cockpit pressurisation failed at high altitudes. It released a statement which read:
    He [Varun Singh] correctly identified the failure and initiated a descent to lower altitude for landing. While descending, the Flight Control System failed and led to total loss of control of the aircraft. This was an unprecedented catastrophic failure that had never occurred… Despite being in extreme physical and mental stress in an extreme life-threatening situation, he maintained exemplary composure and regained control of the aircraft, thereby exhibiting exceptional flying skill.”
  • On 8 December 2021, the Group Captain met with a tragic accident when an IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter from Delhi to Sulur, conveying him, the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife, and other officials crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. According to IAF, Singh was accompanying in the helicopter as a liaison officer and was the lone survivor out of the 14 officers on board. The Group Captain is reportedly battling for life with 80-85 per cent burns and is on life support. He was initially being treated for severe burn injuries at the military hospital in Wellington but later he was shifted to Bengaluru. Business Standard Some sources also stated that Singh was conscious before being taken to the hospital and asked to speak to his wife. His family was in Mumbai when the accident happened. [5]India Today
  • Apart from CDS Rawat and his wife, all the officers that were killed in the ill-fated crash include Brigadier LS Lidder, Defence Adviser to Chief of Defence Staff, Lt Colonel Harjinder Singh, NK Gursewak Singh, NK Jitendra Kumar, Vivek Kumar, Lance Naik B Sai Teja, and Hav Satpal.
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, among others, tweeted expressing their grief on the lives lost and wished for the speedy recovery of Varun Singh. Rajnath Singh tweeted for recovery of Varun Singh

Captain Varun Singh FAQ’s

Who is Capt. Varun Singh?

Gp Captain Varun Singh was the only survivor of the helicopter crash that happened on 8 December 2021. He was along with 13 other members, including CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and his wife, who lost their lives in this tragic incident.

Is Capt. Varun Singh married?

Yes, Capt. Varun Singh is married.

What is Capt. Varun Singh’s physical condition?

Group Captain Varun Singh, the sole survivor of the Mi-17 chopper crash in Coonoor on Wednesday in which 13 people including chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat died, is maintaining vital signs at the Military Hospital in Wellington, officials familiar with the matter said on Thursday

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