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Inquiry of Mi 17 V5 crash in Coonoor points air crew fault

The Mi 17 V5 carrying CDS General Bipin Rawat last month is said to have been crashed due to air crew error as there was no distress call given from VVIP helicopter. 

Tri-service inquiry into the Mi-17 V5 helicopter crash near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, has been finalized and is being presented today to defense minister Rajnath Singh. 

The inquiry report, as per people knowing about the development, suggests that the helicopter did not suffer from any technical glitch and crashed when it entered a low-visibility patch just minutes before the landing.  

It is believed that the cause of the crash was controlled flight into terrain (CFIT), which occurs when a plane crashes into the ground as a result of the crew being disoriented. CIFT is among the most common reasons for air crashes in inclement weather, especially in mountainous regions.  

As in the case of the Mi 17 V5 that crashed near Wellington last month, the crew was comprised of highly experienced officers who had accumulated thousands of flight hours. A mix and match combination of crew members may be recommended in the near future, including officers with fairly limited flying experience. 

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