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Ex-aviation official to face criminal action for YSR’s helicopter crash

Posted by on August 17, 2011 0 Comment

Hyderabad: The State Cabinet has decided to file criminal case against the aviation official for negligence that eventually led to the death of former Chief Minister Dr. Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy in a helicopter crash in September 2009.

Briefing the media about the major decisions taken by the State Cabinet which met at Chief Minister’s Camp Officer here on Tuesday, Information Minister D.K.Aruna confirmed that YSR’s helicopter crash was an accident. However, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team comprising MR Reddy and RK Tyagi which probed the helicopter crash found that then Aviation Department’s Managing Director Brahmananda Reddy was found negligent of not maintaining the Chief Minister’s original helicopter.

The Minister said that the State Cabinet has decided to file a criminal case against Mr. Brahmanand Reddy within 30 days. However, the state government has formed another committee to study the CBI’s findings into the incident. Based on the recommendations of government committee, further action would be taken against those found responsible for the incident.

Former Chief Minister YSR, along with four others including two pilots, was killed in a helicopter crash on 2nd September, 2009, apparently caused due to bad weather. His helicopter was traced in mangled state near Rudrakonda hill near Kurnool. He was flying from Hyderabad to Chittoor for an official programme in the state-owned twin engine, seven-seater helicopter, Bell-430. About about half-an-hour of flight, the helicopter went missing over the Nallamalla forest area amidsts heavy rains at 9.35am on 2nd September. The bodies were found only the next day. (INN)

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