IAF chopper crash: Blackbox retrieved; clue for last-minute cockpit conversation

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The black box would provide crucial data on the chain of events of exactly what happened before the flight crashed and went up in flames.

A day after chief of defence staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 others were killed after an IAF chopper crashed near the Katteri-Nanchappanchathram area in Coonoor, officials launched a search for the flight recorder, popularly known as the black box, on Thursday morning. Reports said after the search area was expanded from 300 metres to one kilometre from the accident spot, the black box was retrieved. It is not yet known how the chopper crashed minutes before it was scheduled to reach its destination in Wellington.

The black box would provide crucial data on the chain of events of exactly what happened before the flight crashed and went up in flames.

On Thursday morning, IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari visited the site of the crash along with state DGP C Sylendra Babu.

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