NEW DELHI: Chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and 12 others were killed in a military chopper crash. He was on his way to the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington to attend a programme but minutes before landing, the chopper crashed.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh will brief both the Houses of Parliament regarding the crash.
Mortal remains of Bipin Rawat and his wife are expected to arrive in Delhi. Rawat is also the first CDS of India.
Bodies would be kept in their house from 11 am to 2 pm for people to pay their last respect and funeral procession will start from Kamraj Marg to Brar Square crematorium, Delhi cantonment.
Due to CDS's sudden demise, Uttarakhand government has declared a three-day state mourning.
CCS members were briefed about the incident in a meeting which was also attended by national security adviser Ajit Doval, principal secretary to Prime Minister PK Misra and cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba.
United States, Russia, China and Pakistan have expressed their condolence.