YSR’s chopper deviated from route, hit a cliff

YSR’s chopper deviated from route, hit a cliff

Hyderabad: The helicopter carrying chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy from Hyderabad to Chittoor on Wednesday deviated 18 km from its path towards east, near Rudrakoduru in the Nallamala forest range in Kurnool district, before it hit a cliff and crashed.

“The chopper hit the cliff, crashed and exploded. All the five persons in the ill-fated helicopter were burnt to death," state finance minister K Rosaiah and chief secretary P. Ramakanth Reddy said here today.

The chopper might have drifted from its path because of a large cloud formation due to inclement weather and ended up hitting the cliff, they said.

Except the tail portion, the body of the Bell-430 helicoper of AP Aviation Corporation was reduced to bits and pieces in the mishap.

The helicopter crashed 10km away from Rudrakoduru on a hostile terrain and army commandos had to slither down with the help of a rope from a rescue helicopter.

“Initially three bodies were traced and then the fourth one. It took a while to locate the fifth body. We have identified the bodies from the dresses," director general of Police S S P Yadav said.