D. Sreenivasulu

KURNOOL: A bomb squad on Saturday inspected the site of the helicopter crash in the Nallamala forests in Kurnool district where Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and four others on board were killed on September 2.

The four-member team examined the crash area within a radius of 200 metres. It did not find any incriminating material at the site.

The investigators picked up some of the body parts of accident victims.

The Director-General of Civil Aviation had constituted a high-power committee headed by R.K. Tyagi, Chairman and Managing Director of the Pawan Hans Corporation, to probe the crash involving the Bell-430 helicopter.

The committee’s appointment was notified through a circular, requesting the Kurnool District Collector to hand over the crash site and extend necessary cooperation to the investigating team.

In turn, the probe panel requested the district administration to hand over all pieces of the helicopter wreckage, flight operation manuals, cockpit voice recorder and submit video clippings of the crash site, the inquest report, the First Information Report and the explosives examination report.

A 30-member team of armed personnel is guarding the crash site, which is located deep inside the forest.

The Crime Investigation Department of the State police also instituted an inquiry and appointed Additional Superintendent Balaji Rao as the Investigation Officer.