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Govt. orders probe into chopper crash that killed YSR

File photo of a Bell 430
File photo of a Bell 430
The Union Government today ordered a formal inquiry into the crash of the Bell 430 helicopter that crashed in Andhra Pradesh yesterday, killing state Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and four others.

The aircraft, with call sign VT-APG, belonged to the Government of Andhra Pradesh and was flying from Hyderabad to Chittor when the accident occurred.

The helicopter was broken into several pieces when it crashed into a densely-forested hill in the Nallamala range and was also badly charred, as were the bodies of all five people on board.

"The Central Government, in exercise of powers conferred by the Rule 74 of the Aircraft Rule 1937, has decided to hold a formal inquiry of the above accident," a statement issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation said.

The Committee of Inquiry will be headed by Mr R K Tyagi, Chairman and Managing Director, Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd. The other members are Capt Irshad Ahmad, Flight Operation Inspector in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Mr Sanjay Bramhane, Senior Air Safety Officer in the Directorate of Air Safety, Mumbai, and Mr Maneesh Kumar, Deputy Director, Air Safety, who will be the Member-Secretary.

The Committee will inquire into the circumstances of the accident. It will take assistance of other experts belonging to the Indian Air Force and other organisations wherever required.

The Committee will be headquartered in New Delhi and will complete its inquiry and submit its report to the Government within two months, the statement added.

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