Bomb squad examines helicopter crash site

The recovered cockpit voice recorder box. Photo: U. Subramanyam   | Photo Credit: U. Subramanyam

A bomb squad on Saturday inspected the site of the helicopter crash in the Nallamala forests in Kurnool district where 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 meters. It did not find any incriminating material at the site.

The investigators picked up some of the body parts of accident victims — a severed finger, a severed hand down below the elbow and part of liver — in a highly decomposed state.

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 formally notified through a circular, requesting the Kurnool district Collector to handover 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.

Security at site

Meanwhile, a 30-member team of armed personnel is guarding the crash site, which is located deep inside the forest. Three tents were pitched for the men. They were given ready-to-eat ration for three days as no provision was available for cooking.

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

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