Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. YSR is dead
Breaking News: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. YSR is dead in helicopter crash.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy
has been killed in a helicopter crash
in the dense Nallamalla forest.
The CM's chopper was located on top of a hill,
40 nautical miles east of Kurnool,
earlier in the day.
The chopper was found
nearly 24 hours after Reddy went missing.
Reddy, who was traveling with his Principal Secretary
P Subramanyam and Chief Security Officer A S C John
Wesley and two pilots in the twin-engined government helicopter,
had taken off from old Begumpet Airport at
8.35 am on
Wednesday to Chittor district.
The four other passengers on board
the helicopter have also been killed.
The Indian Air Force had sent five choppers to the
area, while some IAF personnel were reportedly
airdropped on the hillock to reach the helicopter.
A top-level security source in New Delhi told that
one of the IAF choppers, which had located the
missing helicopter, had informed the authorities that "the chopper was
in a very bad condition. Only the wreckage can be seen.
There is no human movement The wreckage has been located
between Rollapenta and Rudra Koderu in
The helicopter had apparently met with an accident
and crashed, according to
Rudra Koderu police inspector Janardhan Rao.
YSR faced chopper trouble earlier too
Y S Rajasekhara Reddy is no stranger to
malfunctioning helicopters, it seems.
In November last year, too, he had a miraculous escape
when the AW 139 helicopter he was returning from a trip
to Mahbubnagar developed a major technical snag midair.
It was the chopper's maiden flight, and had been
only recently. Traveling with the Andhra Pradesh
chief minister where his his special secretary
K Prabhakara Reddy and chief security officer Uday Kumar.
Everything seemed fine till chopper's electrical fuse started
popping out, but the pilot, Capt M Jagan Mohan Raju,
and continued the flight. The incident recurred in a few minutes,
but did not cause any major hiccups to the 20-minute long flight.
Experts said this snag could have proved disastrous, and
the chopper was grounded for a few days after the incident.
This time round, YSR flew by a Bell 430 helicopter,
leading former Andhra DGP P Ramulu to question its use.
According to him, the AW 139 helicopter is a much safer helicopter.