Indian Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat, India's top military commander, has been killed in a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu, the Indian Air Force announced Wednesday. His wife and 11 others were also killed in the crash.

"With deep regret, it has now been ascertained that Gen Bipin Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat and 11 other persons on board have died in the unfortunate accident," the Air Force stated.

Rawat was traveling from the Sulur IAF Station to the Defense Services Staff College in Wellington when the Mi-17V5 helicopter crashed in a forest shortly after noon.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi responded to the tragedy by saying: "I am deeply anguished by the helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu in which we have lost Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and other personnel of the Armed Forces. They served India with utmost diligence. My thoughts are with the bereaved families."... Read More: Arutz-7