Diversion of helicopter from its regular path to be checked
CBI to look into airworthiness and maintenance of the ill-fated helicopter
Agency also to probe if YSR’s schedule was known to anyone in advance
HYDERABAD: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday began its own inquiry into the crash of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s helicopter, independent of a parallel investigation by the Crime Investigation Department (CID) of State government.
The CBI will carry out its probe on the terms referred to it by the State government. It will constitute a multi-disciplinary investigation team (MDIT) comprising officers from the Indian Air Force and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The Superintendent of Police of CBI in Visakhapatnam, Nageswara Rao, would assist the team to be headed by the agency’s Deputy Inspector General V.V. Lakshmi Narayana.
A senior officer said the CBI would look into airworthiness and maintenance of the ill-fated helicopter, besides checking its signalling facility and communication systems. The agency would also probe if the Chief Minister’s schedule was known to anyone in advance and whether the signals of the helicopter were tracked. The diversion of the helicopter from its regular path and the response of the ATC in Chennai to distress calls from the helicopter would be checked.
Inspection of site
Senior officials of CID accompanied the team of the Director General of Civil Aviation when it inspected the crash site in Nallamala hills on Thursday.