Friday, September 4, 2009

INDIA MOURNS Y.S. RAJASEKHAR REDDY

What went wrong? Age Correspondent - Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy’s body (above) arrives at the CM’s camp office in Hyderabad from Kurnool on Thursday. The late CM’s son, Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy (below), beside his father’s coffin at the camp office. PHOTOS: Asian Age The Andhra Pradesh chief minister’s helicopter crashed on Rudrakoduru hill after it hit trees, flying low due to bad weather. Police officials from Atmakur who went to the crash site said the and pieces of bodies were found across an area 100 metres long and 20 metres wide on top of a hill which almost looked like a plains area. The police has filed a case of suspicious death and the state CID has been ordered to begin an investigation, which will run parallel to the DGCA inquiry. The CID will examine if negligence by anyone might have led to the mishap. Atmakur SI Suresh Kumar Reddy said: "The helicopter hit the trees. Several trees were burnt. The fuel tank exploded. The bodies of five victims, including the CM, turned into pieces. Only a part of his head and leg were found. He was identified by his dhoti and bald head." The helicopter’s wings were not found. Officials could not confirm if the cockpit voice recorder had been retrieved. One possibility is a lightning strike, common in the region, which caused all systems to fail. Velgode SI Mulakanna said: "The pilot may have been flying low to avoid clouds. It rained heavily, and he may not have noticed the trees." Source : Asian Age

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