Hydarabad- Sep-03, 2009-The search operations by helicopters for locating Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy resumed this morning, even as ground operations continued in the dense Nallamalai forest through the night.
“Efforts are on to trace the missing helicopter. Aerial search operations by four choppers resumed at 6.30 am in Kurnool district and three more helicopters are on their way to join the search operations,” Kurnool District SP C H Srikant said over phone.
Aerial search by helicopters to locate the missing Bell-430 chopper were stopped last evening because of bad light and weather conditions in the area.
Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy along with his Principal Secretary P Subramanyam and Chief Security Officer A S C John Wesley and two pilots were on board the missing twin-engined government helicopter after it took off from old Begumpet Airport here at 8.35 am yesterday to Chittor district.
The SP said Greyhounds – Andhra’s elite anti-naxalite commando force — Army, state police forces and CRPF personnel were engaged in search operations.
“Several parties of the Greyhounds, Army, State police and CRPF have been pressed into service,” Srikant said adding hundreds of local civilians and tribals have also joined the search operations.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Prithviraj Chavan said a 5-km radius area in the Nallamalai forests from where the missing helicopter made the last contact to Air Traffic Control has been identified.
“By triangulation, we have located the area which is about 5-km radius circle and it has been identified based on the last contact with the Air Traffic Control,” Chavan, the Union Minister of State in the PMO, told reporters.
A low-flying aircraft of ISRO scoured the area and took 41 imagery photos of the area last evening, but State Chief Secretary Ramakant Reddy said the photos do not show either the missing helicopter or its debris.
Intensified search ops resume in Nallamalai forest
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NEW DELHI: An Air Force spokesperson on Thursday said YSR’s chopper has been located on top a hill at a distance of 40 nautical miles east of
Kurnool. He, however, did not confirm if the chopper crashed Air Force helicopters are flying over the region, trying to find a position to land, the spokesperson said.
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Sources: Times of India/ Indian Express