Panic over ‘missing' helicopter

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FALSE ALARM:The helicopter deployed by the AMD after landing at Huzurnagar in Nalgonda district on Friday.
FALSE ALARM:The helicopter deployed by the AMD after landing at Huzurnagar in Nalgonda district on Friday.

Staff Reporter

Snag in transmission and receipt of signals may have led to rumour: SP

Rescue teams kept on standby after ‘alert'

Copter engaged by AMD for airborne survey

NALGONDA: Unconfirmed reports about the sudden disappearance of a helicopter kept the official machinery in Nalgonda and Khammam districts on tenterhooks for several hours on Friday morning.

At the end of it all, it turned out that no helicopter was missing. The sorties made at low altitude by a helicopter engaged by the Atomic Minerals Division (AMD) as part of airborne geophysical survey was the cause of the tension.

Even while rumours were doing the rounds, the chopper landed in a private school ground in Huzurnagar as per a predetermined schedule. The helicopter left for another base at Gudur in Miryalaguda and conducted some more sorties.

When contacted, Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar told The Hindu that the helicopter was engaged by the Airborne Survey & Remote Sensing Group of the AMD, Hyderabad. “A technical snag in transmission and receipt of the signals between the chopper and the Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower might have led to the rumours,” he added.

Search operations

Khammam Special Correspondent adds: Police personnel in Wyra, Bonakal, Konijerla and Madhira stations in the district conducted extensive operations and kept rescue teams on the standby following an alert from Hyderabad that that a private chopper had lost radio contact while entering Khammam district from Jaggaiahpet area in Krishna district.

Some civilians and police personnel from Konijerla village were on their way to Gubbagurthi following information that black smoke was noticed atop a hillock. But it turned out to be that some wild growth was burning.



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