'It's ok to be mediocre'

The Indian Airforce has confirmed that Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the recent Coonoor helicopter crash, died as a result of his injuries. In the sad, unlucky incident, CDS Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat, as well as 11 other crew members, lost their lives. Captain Varun Singh fought hard against death, but he eventually succumbed and died today in a Bengaluru hospital. Below is Captain Varun Singh’s biography, which includes information on his work, family, and age.

IAF is very grieved to notify the passing away of braveheart Group Captain Varun Singh, who succumbed this morning to injuries suffered in the chopper mishap on 08 December 21,” the IAF said in a statement. IAF expresses its heartfelt sympathies and stands for the departed family.”

Varun Singh, Group Captain, was born into a military family. He was born in the Deoria district of Uttar Pradesh, and his father, Colonel K.P Singh, retired from the Indian Army’s Air Defence regiment. Varun’s father was a constant source of inspiration for him.

Uma Singh is his mother’s name. Lieutenant Commander Tanuj Singh, his brother, is currently serving in the Indian Navy. Varun Singh was between the ages of 40 and 45 when he died.

After completing 12th grade, Group Captain Varun Singh was accepted into the National Defence Academy (NDA) and graduated as an Officer Cadet. He showed little interest in extracurricular activities and lacked confidence in himself and his true abilities until that point. “I lacked confidence because I always felt I was intended to be ordinary,” he explained, “and there was no use in striving to achieve because I couldn’t possibly excel at anything.”

When he was promoted to Flight Lieutenant and also became a flight teacher, his career took off. Following the Experimental Test Pilot training, he finished an eleven-month course.

Group Captain Varun Singh of the Indian Air Force (IAF) sent a letter to the principal of his Haryana high school in September to thank his “teachers, instructors, and classmates over the years” for helping him shape his life and to send a message to the students at his alma mater.

Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the IAF helicopter accident in Tamil Nadu that killed Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife, and 11 others, is fighting for his life at Bengaluru’s Command Hospital.
He was sent to the hospital from Wellington for further treatment, and he is maintaining vital signs but remains critical, according to sources familiar with the situation.

At the Military Hospital in Wellington, Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the Mi-17 chopper crash in Coonoor on Wednesday, in which 13 persons perished, including Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, is maintaining vital signs.

Officials stated that the renowned fighter pilot might be transferred to the Indian Air Force (IAF) Command Hospital in Bengaluru later on Thursday. Singh is being transported to Bengaluru by two physicians from the command hospital in Wellington.

On Wednesday afternoon, CDS General Rawat, 63, his wife Madhulika Raje Singh Rawat, and 11 others were murdered in one of the deadliest plane mishaps involving India’s senior military command and a blow to the country’s ongoing military reforms, the largest since Independence.

Rawat was speaking to faculty and student officers at the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) in Wellington. At the DSSC, the group captain is in charge of the employees.

The crash has been the subject of an investigation. When the chopper went down near Coonoor, it was on its way from Sulur airbase to the DSSC. On an Embraer plane from the IAF’s VVIP communication squadron, the CDS, his wife, and seven others flew from New Delhi to Sulur.

On August 15, 2021, President Ram Nath Kovind awarded Singh the Shaurya Chakra for valor. It is India’s third-highest peacetime bravery award. Singh was a wing commander and pilot with a squadron of light combat aircraft (LCA) at the time.

He was flying a test sortie in the LCA on October 12, 2020, when an emergency arose owing to a breakdown of cockpit pressurization at a high altitude.

“This was a once-in-a-lifetime catastrophic failure that had never happened before.” While in normal attitude, the aircraft quickly lost altitude, pitching up and down violently… He showed remarkable coolness and restored control of the aircraft while being under great physical and emotional stress in a life-threatening scenario, demonstrating exceptional flying skills.”

“To safely land the fighter plane, he exhibited amazing daring and expertise.” The pilot went above and beyond the call of duty by landing the plane with calculated risks. This enabled a precise investigation of the defect on the fighter, as well as the implementation of preventative steps to avoid recurrence,” it had noted.

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