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AP CM and 4 others dead after Helicopter crash
« on: September 02, 2009, 02:58:48 PM »
I know Blwe has a thread on etc.

Till a breakthrough is made on YSR's missing copter and a conclusion reached hopefully him being safe let us keep this on the main board and post updates.

Let us hope and pray for the best and his well being.
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Re: AP CM's helicopter went missing still no news about his whereabouts
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2009, 02:59:25 PM »
Helicopter search for YSR called off: Chidambaram

New Delhi: Police and paramilitary forces are moving towards a forested area where Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy's missing helicopter was last spotted but the helicopter search has been called off, Home Minister P. Chidambaram said Wednesday.

A sombre Chidambaram said that forest and revenue department officials were searching the area in and around Kurnool district "where we think the helicopter was last seen. We are keeping our fingers crossed".

"The police and paramilitary forces are moving towards that point... Perhaps they would be able to do a search for a couple of hours at least, then we will have to wait first light tomorrow.

"Let us hope for the best. *Let us pray for the best," said the minister, who is supervising the search operation for the Andhra Pradesh helicopter that went missing with YSR on board while flying from Hyderabad to Chittoor Wednesday morning.

Source: IANS
http://news.in.msn.com/national/article.aspx?cp-documentid=3202897
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Re: AP CM's helicopter went missing still no news about his whereabouts
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2009, 03:02:17 PM »
Bell copter was not in active use

The Bell-430 helicopter in which Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy used for his travel to Chittoor district, was virtually dusted off from a hangar at Begumpet airport, where it had been lying, and pressed into service on Wednesday.

It was exactly one year ago that the Andhra Pradesh Government acquired a brand new AgustaWestland AW-139 helicopter from the company’s main facility in Italy for a sum of Rs 58 crore. The Bell helicopter was transferred to the AP Aviation Corporation constituted recently to undertake commercial operations and ever since confined to the hangar.

Dr. Reddy had no other option other than using the Bell 430 since the AgustaWestland helicopter was recently sent for overhaul after being in operation for one full year. The Bell-430 purchased from the US for Rs 26 crore and a six-seater, was found to be inadequate to meet the requirements as it lacked night-landing facility and often required repairs and overhaul.

On Wednesday, it was flown by a new pilot in place of the Chief Minister’s regular pilot who was drawn from Indian Air Force.

The AgustaWestland was brought to New Delhi first by a Russian cargo aircraft in August last year and flown to Hyderabad on September 15 after trials.

The team headed by Finance Minister K. Rosaiah that was monitoring the search and rescue operations said the AgustaWestland was a sturdy aircraft as it had two engines. It can seat 14 persons and has "crashworthy crew and passenger seats, airframe and fuel system". It was preferred by VIPs all over the globe for its safety standards and for its "fail-safe" design, system redundancy, damage tolerance and engine burst containment system.

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Re: AP CM's helicopter went missing still no news about his whereabouts
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2009, 03:09:41 PM »
Search for Chief Minister’s chopper proving a difficult task
K. Srinivas Reddy


The search for the missing helicopter, in which the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was travelling, is focussed around roughly 300 square kilometres of Nallamala forest in Kurnool and Prakasam districts, a daunting task indeed for police teams that have fanned out into thick forest area, once a Maoist stronghold.

Large contingents of Grey Hounds, the elite anti-naxalite commando force have been rushed to Kurnool and Prakasam districts for search and rescue operation. The commandos are the most competent for the job as they are well-versed with the terrain of the forest. The main problem is the inclement weather which hampers the progress of the commando units.

The forest is spread over nearly 6,000 square kilometres and traverses through Mahabubnagar, Kurnool and Prakasam districts, which incidentally are on the flight path of the Bell-430 helicopter carrying Dr. Reddy. The search teams have narrowed down the area depending on the expectation that after being airborne for one hour, the chopper would have crossed or would have been in the vicinity of Atmakur town in Kurnool district.

What has surprised the officials is the complete radio silence from the Bell-430. Every helicopter, sources in aviation industry say, is equipped with High Frequency (HF) and Very High Frequency (VHF) sets. While HF is used for long range communication, the VHF is used for communication within 150 km. However, in the event of a crash these sets might not function if the external antennae are destroyed under the impact.

The other puzzling fact in the chopper incident is that every helicopter is expected to have an Emergency Locating Transmitter (ELT) fitted to the aircraft body, while the pilot is expected to carry a Personal Recovery Beacon (PRB). The ELT would start emitting distress signals in the event of a crash and the PRB, once activated, would start beaming the Global Positioning System (GPS) ‘latlong’ (latitude and longitude) details. This would have helped the authorities to pinpoint the location of the chopper, if it had crashed or had force-landed in an interior place.

However, no technical details are available, making it all the more difficult for the search and rescue teams, officials said.

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Re: AP CM's helicopter went missing still no news about his whereabouts
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2009, 04:09:59 PM »


Congress supporters turn emotional as they wait for news of missing Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy in Vijayawada on Wednesday. Photo: V.Raju
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Re: AP CM's helicopter went missing still no news about his whereabouts
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2009, 04:14:08 PM »
Search for YSR: focus shifts to forest areas, waterbodies
Special Correspondent


The focus of the search operations, for the helicopter carrying Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, has been shifted to forest areas and waterbodies on Wednesday evening, in cooperation with the Forest department. The forest officials carried out preliminary searches to a distance of 10 km inside the Nallamala forest. To intensify the efforts, they have engaged Chenchu tribe trackers from different spots simultaneously. They requisitioned two boats from Srisailam. The Forest Beat Officers and Chenchus will continue the search in the night in Nallamala for the chopper.

The District Collector Mr. M. K. Meena, said the epicentre of the search operations would be 30-40 km in the Atmakur, Dornala and Gundla Brahmeswaram up to Velugodu. He told TheHindu that the search operations did not find any traces of the chopper landing in the forest area till evening.

Two helicopters which made several sorties in the Nallamala forest area suspended the operations at 6 p.m. They would resume the search on Thursday. The Nallamala terrain, is inhospitable and the depth could be at least 100 metres at some places in the valley. It takes several hours and days to move from one hill to another.

Till two years ago, naxalites of the People's War were active in the forest but now are confined to a few pockets. Personnel involved in the search operations in the forest also have to encounter tigers and sloth bears.


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Re: AP CM's helicopter went missing still no news about his whereabouts
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2009, 04:23:09 PM »
ISRO satellite, IAF Sukhoi to scan forest for YSR
Last updated on: September 02, 2009 19:51 IST

The Indian Space Research Organisation has got into the act to trace missing Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy [ Images ].

ISRO sources told rediff.com that they would be working on this case and that their Radar Imaging Satellite had been pressed into action.

The radar imaging satellite will click photographs of the area in which the chief minister is reportedly stranded, tonight, ISRO said.


However, Chief Secretary P Ramakanth Reddy said the Indian satellites may not be effective considering the heavy cloud cover over the region.

The state government is also trying to seek help of the United States Defence department to have real-time satellite imagery of the area where state Chief Minister's helicopter went missing.

Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force has deployed a Sukhoi fighter jet with on-board radar for high resolution ground mapping to locate it.

The air-to-air refuelling will help the Sukhoi to continue its search for longer hours as the aircraft is capable of operating day and night. The Sukhois have an endurance level of three to four hours of continuous flying, but it could be enhanced to about 10 hours at a stretch with refuelling.

The IAF has set up an operations room for the search operation at Kurnool manned by its technical personnel from Bengaluru [ Images ] to coordinate all the flying in the absence of an Air Control Tower (ATC) in the vicinity.

The twin-engined Bell 430 AP helicopter with the 60-year-old chief minister on board took off at 8.45 am and was scheduled to land at Chitoor district at 10.45 am. However, it soon lost radio contact and has been untraceable.

The chopper is said to have landed in the middle of a thick forest, which is infested with Maoists.

Vicky Nanjappa in Bengaluru
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Re: AP CM's helicopter went missing still no news about his whereabouts
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2009, 05:47:42 AM »
Bad News.

Chopper wreckage found. Five, including YSR, dead.
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Re: AP CM's helicopter went missing still no news about his whereabouts
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2009, 05:56:48 AM »
Really sad news.
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Re: AP CM's helicopter went missing still no news about his whereabouts
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2009, 05:57:27 AM »
Was the crash due to weather or accident?
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Re: AP CM's helicopter went missing still no news about his whereabouts
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2009, 05:59:47 AM »
I dont think there is any official view on this as yet. The wreakage was found less than 2 hrs back.
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Re: AP CM's helicopter went missing still no news about his whereabouts
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2009, 06:03:07 AM »
I doubt we will get an answer to that any time soon. They will need to examine the chopper to get details of that, and from the location where the wreckage is lying it will be a tough job. The flight data recorder will be crucial.
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Re: AP CM's helicopter went missing still no news about his whereabouts
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2009, 07:21:40 AM »
Rajasekhara Reddy and aides dead

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and four other persons were killed in the helicopter that crashed in the Nallamala Hills in bad weather on Wednesday losing radio contact an hour after take off from Hyderabad.

The bodies of 60-year-old Reddy, who led his Congress party to a spectacular second consecutive victory in the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls, and his Special Secretary P. Subramanyam, Chief Security Officer A.S.C. Wesley, pilot Group Captain S.K. Bhatia and co-pilot M.S. Reddy were found on Rudrakonda Hill, 40 nautical miles east of here, besides the mangled remains of the helicopter.

There was no official confirmation of the deaths, but highly placed Congress sources in Delhi said that the bodies have been found. An official statement is expected shortly.

A scheduled meeting of the Union Cabinet was cancelled following the tragedy.

The news of the tragedy filtered out after a meeting of the Congress core group at the Prime Minister’s house but fears grew since Wednesday night when search operations to locate the chopper were unsuccessful.

Exactly 24 hours after it went missing losing radio contact at 0930 hrs, Air Force helicopters from Bangalore on Thursday located the wreckage of the chopper on the Rudrakonda Hill, 70 kms from east of Kurnool.

The helicopter took off at 0835 hrs from the old Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Air Commodore Sagar Bharti of the Bangalore air command announced the location of the chopper but gave no indication of the fate of passengers.

He said two helicopters were making attempts to land in the area.

However, Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai gave indications that the 11-year-old Bell 430 helicopter could have crashed. The Air Force rescue team were attempting to land para commandos through ropes to access the area.

The Congress president Sonia *hi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, senior ministers Pranab Mukherjee, A.K. Antony, P. Chidambaram and senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel met in the core group to discuss the situation in the wake of the death of the powerful Congress leader in Andhra Pradesh.

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Re: AP CM's helicopter went missing still no news about his whereabouts
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2009, 07:34:59 AM »
Very sad news. YSR was one of the very few good CM's in the country.
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Re: AP CM's helicopter went missing still no news about his whereabouts
« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2009, 10:30:04 AM »
He has faced allegations of corruption as well during his last term and we'll probably never know for sure what the truth is. But, he clearly was one of the few leaders in AP and the Congress with a mass base. He knew the pulse of the electorate like few others.
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Re: AP CM's helicopter went missing still no news about his whereabouts
« Reply #15 on: September 03, 2009, 02:04:33 PM »
He has faced allegations of corruption as well during his last term and we'll probably never know for sure what the truth is.

I believe we know. He surrendered 1600 acres of land in Dec 2006. Innocent people don't tend to be so generous. Sadly, we'll have to accept that it is par for an Indian chief minister.
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Re: AP CM's helicopter went missing still no news about his whereabouts
« Reply #16 on: September 03, 2009, 02:09:49 PM »
Any link?
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Re: AP CM's helicopter went missing still no news about his whereabouts
« Reply #17 on: September 03, 2009, 02:19:32 PM »
Any link?
That is very true what SSL said above.   Let me google it and see if I find anything.
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Re: AP CM's helicopter went missing still no news about his whereabouts
« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2009, 02:22:12 PM »
Cmon kic. Google "Rajasekhara Reddy 1600 acres"
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Re: AP CM's helicopter went missing still no news about his whereabouts
« Reply #20 on: September 03, 2009, 02:42:50 PM »
Any link?
That is very true what SSL said above.   Let me google it and see if I find anything.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y._S._Rajasekhara_Reddy

Here is the relevent part from the above link.  If you google there are a ton of other links as well.

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Opposition parties allege corruption in the implementation of Reddy's programs as well as in various other actions of both Reddy and his family. In 2008, Telugu Desam Party leader N. Chandrababu Naidu accused Reddy and his family of illegally amassing income through their companies Sandur Power Company, Jagathi Publications and Bharathi Cement Corporation. He also alleged that Reddy's sons were involved in the Satyam scandal.[9][10] Also, the allotment of 487 acres of land in March 2007 to Raghuram Cements,[11] which had the son of Reddy as one of its directors, was criticised by the Telugu Desam Party.[12] The surrender of more than 1600 acres by Reddy in December 2006 was also criticised by the opposition parties who demanded Reddy's prosecution and resignation from his post.[13] Naidu also called for Reddy's resignation after a 2007 Khammam police shooting resulted in eight deaths.[14]

"I not only have 614 acres at Idupulapaya estate in Vempalli mandal. I also have another 1,000 acres in Kundur village in Rajampet between Renugunta and Kadapa town in Kadapa district. This land is unregistered, and was bought by my father (Y S Raja Reddy) as he was interested in growing trees and creating a green belt," Y S Rajashekara Reddy said during his intervention in a debate on 18th December 2006 regarding the controversy about illegal occupation of assigned land. Interestingly, he revised the quantum of land that his family possesses in Idupulapaya from 715 acres.

Quoting rules, Y S Rajashekara Reddy maintained that no penal action can be initiated against him as he had surrendered the 310.57 acres on his own. The opposition, however, including the TDP, the CPM, TRS and BJP said the exemption charges quoted by YSR was applicable to officers only and that he should resign and face prosecution.

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Re: AP CM and 4 others dead after Helicopter crash
« Reply #21 on: September 03, 2009, 03:02:55 PM »


Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy with pilot Group Captain S K Bhatia and co-pilot M S Reddy minutes before boarding the ill-fated Bell 430 helicopter, that crash-landed on a hillock near Kurnool, at the Begumpet airport in Hyderabad on Wednesday morning.
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Re: AP CM and 4 others dead after Helicopter crash
« Reply #22 on: September 03, 2009, 06:07:56 PM »
Why the search for YSR made us uneasy
Last updated on: September 03, 2009 22:33 IST

Death humbles us all. But, sudden death shakes us up, takes hold of our thoughts and if you are an Indian it predictably takes you to predictable conclusions as well.

Our grandmas and grandpas would say what happened to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S R Reddy is a periodic reminder, since ancient times, to mankind that you haven't conquered nature, yet.

On Wednesday when urban India retired to bed after watching and surfing some 30 news channels, one is sure everyone of us were hugely disturbed. YSR had not been found till midnight.

What was that uncomforting emotion? Why were all Indians experiencing anxiety as the CM went missing?

Even those who were political adversaries of YSR were overwhelmed by this out-of-the-blue, unforeseen news that broke in morning. 

Surely, there were many contributing factors behind our uneasiness.

Reddy was the mightiest Congress leader outside New Delhi [ Images ]. He was on the move and due to his liberal spending in the agriculture sector, Andhra Pradesh was at the threshold of a new era. YSR was becoming a colossal figure. These days in Indian politics, power at the state level matters as much as in New Delhi.

Also, in our society, the only thing that matters is success, and for politicians it's electoral success. Beating all odds, YSR got impressive success in the May 2009 election. He was a man of the masses. They thought YSR means business so they voted him to power, once again. There were too many things going great in his life.

So, his death was in sharp contrast. YSR was such a powerful man that it seemed as if he owned the state. But, we saw on Wednesday that YSR was just not traceable and how! 'YSR disappears' was the headline screaming out of TV sets. 

But, the gloom in the back of our mind last night was due to something else.

We, urban Indians, came face-to-face with the 'real' India which was somewhere in those dark black hills known in Telugu as Nalla (dark/black) Mallai (hills).

In the growing India, Andhra Pradesh got an identity of its own at the dawn of the 21st century because it became an IT hub, giving tough competition to Bengaluru [ Images ].

And, in spite of brilliant techies and technologies and big budgets and development -- last night Nallamallai scared us all.

We were forced to accept that Nallamallai is in India but incommunicado. SMS won't go, and Twitter won't arrive and not even a missed call from those lost in the woods. TV cameras were focussed on the landscape in Nallamallai and we feared -- without saying it in so many words -- that YSR is lost, forever.

When such a VVIP faces destiny in the strangest way, it gives us goosebumps.

It was the helplessness of the mightiest, richest and the most powerful ones that besieges our minds and hearts as the news arrives.

The TV viewing, wired India, who has shared 9 percent growth, was watching along with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh [ Images ] and Congress President Sonia *hi [ Images ] those dark hills for 23 hours.

Here were the two most powerful people in India waiting for the news of their esteemed colleague's location. And, they spared no effort to plan the search operation. Indian soldiers, the army's mechanised power, air force's choppers, para-military foot soldiers were used and even the $35 million Sukhois jets were justifiably engaged in looking for one VVIP.

But, this multi-million-rupee operation had one stark inequality and an unmatched irony. The state government had also engaged Chenchus along with the two Sukhois.

The Chenchus are the aboriginal tribe of Andhra Pradesh. They are spread in the Nallamalai Hills, which stretches in the districts of Kurnool, Prakasam, Guntur, Mahboobnagar and Nalgonda. This food-gathering and hunting tribe are fast vanishing, and as per the 1991 census number around 40,869.

Their affairs are managed by the Integrated Tribal Development Agency. Today, a newspaper report quoted an officer of the agency from Srisailam that Chenchus were sent with powerful torches to the area  where YSR's chopper was suspected to have crashed. On Wednesday, the state finance minister K Rosaiah -- who is now the chief minister -- and Chief Secretary P Ramakanth Reddy continuosly said in Hyderabad that the CM has gone missing in a "hostile terrain."

The helicopter crashed at a spot 10 km from Rudrakoduru and army commandos had to slither down ropes from a rescue helicopter to get to the crash site.

This so-called hostile terrain is actually sacred terrain for the Chenchus. It is hostile terrain for urbanised India only because its developmental record is so poor that we can't use our mobile phone, nor can send our SUVs to the spot quickly.

The Nallamallai forests are considered divine by many -- it is where the famous Mallikarjun Jyotirlinga is located in Srisailam in Kurnool district. It is quite close to the seven hills of Tirupati and CM Reddy's hometown in Cuddapah.

When the search for the CM began, all manmade resources were looking so tiny or impotent. When the choppers were unable to locate YSR, the Chenchus were contacted. Those who were ignored since ages were VVIPs for a day.

They have remained without development in those forests. They consume roots, tubers, wild fruits, edible leaves etc. They are non-vegetarians but abstain from eating beef. The traditional house of a chenchu is a small conical or oblong hut with wattle walls and thatched roof.

On April 30, 2009, The Hindu had published a report titled 'Chenchus on brink of starvation'.

In May 2009, in response to The Hindu report, the ITDA sent the report to the district collector in Kurnool. The report is a shocking reminder of poor education and health facilities for these tribals, who were needed to locate the chief minister. One of the remarks made by a project officer of that "hostile terrain" was that child mortality rate is higher than the state average due to malnutrition, alcoholism and a low calorie diet, and it also mentioned that due to lack of communication facilities more children are dying at the time of birth. The report also speaks of malaria and TB prevalent in the Nallamallai area.

Although, the ITDA is doing better than before, it is not with the same speed that Satyam [ Get Quote ] or IT hubs grew in Hyderabad. When one India grows, another India is conveniently forgotten because India is a poor country with limited resources. Such talk is dismissed and ridiculed as "left thinking" in Indian metros, but some time, someday, all of us can come face-to-face with this unequal treatment of our fellow Indians.

It was an accident that the CM's chopper crashed in that forgotten India. We were forced to face the forgotten India through our TV sets and through that torturous wait, last night.

Indeed, it was a truly unnerving search for YSR and the four accompanying him, where state-of-the-art Sukhois were fielded alongside Chenchus with their primitive bows and arrows.
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Re: AP CM and 4 others dead after Helicopter crash
« Reply #23 on: September 03, 2009, 06:10:04 PM »
How YSR's chopper wreckage was spotted
September 03, 2009 23:06 IST

At 8:30 on Thursday morning, an Indian Air Force helicopter, that had been up in the air for less than one hour, spotted the wreckages of the chopper that went missing a day ago. Within two hours of that, the bodies of all the five people who were on board were found.
We explain how a combination of agencies -- defence, paramilitary and police -- searched for and finally zeroed in on the missing chopper.

Late on Wednesday night, the search teams had narrowed down on the most probable places where the helicopter could have gone missing. "This was done by a combination of last radio contact and cell phone signals. Between 9:20 and 9:30 in the morning, three cell phone towers had picked up signals and then there was one more at 12.06 pm. Using these four coordinates, we had narrowed down on the field to an area of 5x5 kilometres and we gave this input to the IAF," a senior officer part of the search effort told rediff.com.

Armed with this detail and the flight path of the chopper, the Air Force swung into action. "Although we had inputs from the local administration and the police, we decided from the beginning that we would take up the search as we would have done if one of our choppers had gone missing," Wing Commander Tarun Kumar Singha said.

After a first Sukhoi-30 returned, a second one was sent from Bareili at 2.15 am on Thursday. It was also accompanied by an IL-78, a four-engined aerial refueling tanker.

"The mobile signals were useful. Even if you go out of network, the tower registers a signal. Thus we decided to concentrate on an area of 4 sq kilometers based on these inputs. The Su-30, which was not going to be affected by the weather or rain was sending images from the synthetic aperture radar. After that these images were analysed, it was decided to look for the chopper in the morning," Singha said.

The images were useful as the search party was able to narrow down the scope even further. Explaining how this worked, Singha said, "The radar will scan the earth. It would give a different resolution for different material. And especially in an area which is mostly foliage, metallic things stand out," he said.

At the first light of Thursday morning, seven choppers were waiting to resume the search. "It was planned to send batches of two helicopters each. When the first two returned, the second set would be sent up. That was the idea. But the first helicopter that left at 7:30 in the morning, spotted the wreckage within an hour," the senior Andhra Pradesh officer said.

"As soon as we got word that the wreckage was spotted, we sent one more Mi-8 (a twin-turbine transport helicopter) with security forces, and an Advanced Light Helicopter with three policemen followed. Since the terrain was inhospitable, we decided that the men will slither down and reach the wreckage," Wing Commander Singha said.

Meanwhile, the AP police search parties, which were 10 kilometres away were also asked to rush to the spot. "The spot was at a very steep incline. Nevertheless, the ground troops took whatever transport they could get and rushed there. The IAF was also slithering down men from the choppers. Unlike yesterday when it was raining heavily, today there was no rain and the skies were clear. This also helped us speed up the process," the officer said.

"Forces that slithered down soon identified 4 bodies by 9:30," Singha said. And when the fifth body was found at 10.45, the search came to an end.

Unfortunately, at the end of the day, there was nothing more that India's most sophisticated aircraft and 2000 ground forces could do.

"Like I said, we treated the operation as we would when one of our own choppers go missing. We did all we could," Singha said.

And the senior AP police officer concluded, "He was our Chief Minister. We did all we could do."
http://news.rediff.com/report/2009/sep/03/how-ysrs-chopper-wreckage-was-spotted.htm


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Re: AP CM and 4 others dead after Helicopter crash
« Reply #24 on: September 03, 2009, 07:08:39 PM »
I hope Gilchrist, Ramalinga Raju and Shivlal Yadav are okay.

TNN 3 September 2009, 11:04pm IST

14 die of YSR shock in Andhra

HYDERABAD: Shocked by the sudden and tragic end of their leader, 14 people died in different parts of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday. Six people died

in East Godavari, five in Chittoor, while another YSR fan got a cardiac arrest in Vishakhapatnam. Two others died in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam.

Daily wager B Padma (44), a Rajiv Arogyasri benefactor, from Vanamalla in Punganur, collapsed on hearing the news of YSR's death at 10 am and died. Parvathamma (22), from Kummaragunta village in Punganur mandal, too died of shock. An ardent fan of YSR, N Raja Reddy, 52, a shopkeeper in Piler, died of cardiac arrest as soon as he saw YSR's death on television. "The people around him tried to resuscitate him, but he was declared brought dead by doctors at a hospital,'' a relative said.

A farmer from Kadapa, Narsaiah (75), who came to Piler on personal work along with his wife and children two days ago, died of cardiac arrest after hearing the tragic news. In Durgasamudram, Shankaramma (37), a daily wage labourer, who recently underwent a heart surgery under Arogyasri, died at around 6 pm.

A degree student, Laxminarayana (19), studying in Chittoor Government Degree College, consumed pesticide. "My son could not take the sad news and resorted to the extreme step,'' his weeping mother C Lakshmamma said. The family hail from Chowdepalle mandal.

In East Godavari, six people died in the aftermath of YSR's death, while former minister Jakkampudi Ramamohan Rao fainted upon hearing the news. Four died of heart attack, two others hanged themselves unable to bear the grief. According to district police, N Yesubabu (20), of Narendrapuram in Rajanagaram mandal and Achanta Ramakrishna (48), of Nagaram in Mamidikuduru mandal committed suicide.
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Re: AP CM and 4 others dead after Helicopter crash
« Reply #25 on: September 03, 2009, 07:54:18 PM »
I hope Gilchrist, Ramalinga Raju and Shivlal Yadav are okay.

TNN 3 September 2009, 11:04pm IST

14 die of YSR shock in Andhra

HYDERABAD: Shocked by the sudden and tragic end of their leader, 14 people died in different parts of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday. Six people died

in East Godavari, five in Chittoor, while another YSR fan got a cardiac arrest in Vishakhapatnam. Two others died in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam.

Daily wager B Padma (44), a Rajiv Arogyasri benefactor, from Vanamalla in Punganur, collapsed on hearing the news of YSR's death at 10 am and died. Parvathamma (22), from Kummaragunta village in Punganur mandal, too died of shock. An ardent fan of YSR, N Raja Reddy, 52, a shopkeeper in Piler, died of cardiac arrest as soon as he saw YSR's death on television. "The people around him tried to resuscitate him, but he was declared brought dead by doctors at a hospital,'' a relative said.

A farmer from Kadapa, Narsaiah (75), who came to Piler on personal work along with his wife and children two days ago, died of cardiac arrest after hearing the tragic news. In Durgasamudram, Shankaramma (37), a daily wage labourer, who recently underwent a heart surgery under Arogyasri, died at around 6 pm.

A degree student, Laxminarayana (19), studying in Chittoor Government Degree College, consumed pesticide. "My son could not take the sad news and resorted to the extreme step,'' his weeping mother C Lakshmamma said. The family hail from Chowdepalle mandal.

In East Godavari, six people died in the aftermath of YSR's death, while former minister Jakkampudi Ramamohan Rao fainted upon hearing the news. Four died of heart attack, two others hanged themselves unable to bear the grief. According to district police, N Yesubabu (20), of Narendrapuram in Rajanagaram mandal and Achanta Ramakrishna (48), of Nagaram in Mamidikuduru mandal committed suicide.
Strange ... I did not realize that he had this kind of a following.
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Re: AP CM and 4 others dead after Helicopter crash
« Reply #26 on: September 03, 2009, 08:00:48 PM »
It is a sad reflection of the "other India" that people are so vested emotionally in a political figure.

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Re: AP CM and 4 others dead after Helicopter crash
« Reply #27 on: September 03, 2009, 08:10:31 PM »
amazing. It sucks to rail on the departed but were they morons or just idiots?
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Re: AP CM and 4 others dead after Helicopter crash
« Reply #28 on: September 03, 2009, 08:41:20 PM »
I hope Gilchrist, Ramalinga Raju and Shivlal Yadav are okay.

TNN 3 September 2009, 11:04pm IST

14 die of YSR shock in Andhra

HYDERABAD: Shocked by the sudden and tragic end of their leader, 14 people died in different parts of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday. Six people died

in East Godavari, five in Chittoor, while another YSR fan got a cardiac arrest in Vishakhapatnam. Two others died in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam.

Daily wager B Padma (44), a Rajiv Arogyasri benefactor, from Vanamalla in Punganur, collapsed on hearing the news of YSR's death at 10 am and died. Parvathamma (22), from Kummaragunta village in Punganur mandal, too died of shock. An ardent fan of YSR, N Raja Reddy, 52, a shopkeeper in Piler, died of cardiac arrest as soon as he saw YSR's death on television. "The people around him tried to resuscitate him, but he was declared brought dead by doctors at a hospital,'' a relative said.

A farmer from Kadapa, Narsaiah (75), who came to Piler on personal work along with his wife and children two days ago, died of cardiac arrest after hearing the tragic news. In Durgasamudram, Shankaramma (37), a daily wage labourer, who recently underwent a heart surgery under Arogyasri, died at around 6 pm.

A degree student, Laxminarayana (19), studying in Chittoor Government Degree College, consumed pesticide. "My son could not take the sad news and resorted to the extreme step,'' his weeping mother C Lakshmamma said. The family hail from Chowdepalle mandal.

In East Godavari, six people died in the aftermath of YSR's death, while former minister Jakkampudi Ramamohan Rao fainted upon hearing the news. Four died of heart attack, two others hanged themselves unable to bear the grief. According to district police, N Yesubabu (20), of Narendrapuram in Rajanagaram mandal and Achanta Ramakrishna (48), of Nagaram in Mamidikuduru mandal committed suicide.

Please tell me this is from the Onion
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Re: AP CM and 4 others dead after Helicopter crash
« Reply #29 on: September 04, 2009, 03:53:28 AM »
I hope Gilchrist, Ramalinga Raju and Shivlal Yadav are okay.

TNN 3 September 2009, 11:04pm IST

14 die of YSR shock in Andhra

HYDERABAD: Shocked by the sudden and tragic end of their leader, 14 people died in different parts of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday. Six people died

in East Godavari, five in Chittoor, while another YSR fan got a cardiac arrest in Vishakhapatnam. Two others died in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam.

Daily wager B Padma (44), a Rajiv Arogyasri benefactor, from Vanamalla in Punganur, collapsed on hearing the news of YSR's death at 10 am and died. Parvathamma (22), from Kummaragunta village in Punganur mandal, too died of shock. An ardent fan of YSR, N Raja Reddy, 52, a shopkeeper in Piler, died of cardiac arrest as soon as he saw YSR's death on television. "The people around him tried to resuscitate him, but he was declared brought dead by doctors at a hospital,'' a relative said.

A farmer from Kadapa, Narsaiah (75), who came to Piler on personal work along with his wife and children two days ago, died of cardiac arrest after hearing the tragic news. In Durgasamudram, Shankaramma (37), a daily wage labourer, who recently underwent a heart surgery under Arogyasri, died at around 6 pm.

A degree student, Laxminarayana (19), studying in Chittoor Government Degree College, consumed pesticide. "My son could not take the sad news and resorted to the extreme step,'' his weeping mother C Lakshmamma said. The family hail from Chowdepalle mandal.

In East Godavari, six people died in the aftermath of YSR's death, while former minister Jakkampudi Ramamohan Rao fainted upon hearing the news. Four died of heart attack, two others hanged themselves unable to bear the grief. According to district police, N Yesubabu (20), of Narendrapuram in Rajanagaram mandal and Achanta Ramakrishna (48), of Nagaram in Mamidikuduru mandal committed suicide.
Strange ... I did not realize that he had this kind of a following.

He did, as I mentioned, have a huge mass base - probably one of the biggest politicians in the Congress on that count.

But we have heard of suicides even when film actors die.
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Re: AP CM and 4 others dead after Helicopter crash
« Reply #30 on: September 04, 2009, 04:21:55 AM »
Any link?
That is very true what SSL said above.   Let me google it and see if I find anything.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y._S._Rajasekhara_Reddy

Here is the relevent part from the above link.  If you google there are a ton of other links as well.

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Opposition parties allege corruption in the implementation of Reddy's programs as well as in various other actions of both Reddy and his family. In 2008, Telugu Desam Party leader N. Chandrababu Naidu accused Reddy and his family of illegally amassing income through their companies Sandur Power Company, Jagathi Publications and Bharathi Cement Corporation. He also alleged that Reddy's sons were involved in the Satyam scandal.[9][10] Also, the allotment of 487 acres of land in March 2007 to Raghuram Cements,[11] which had the son of Reddy as one of its directors, was criticised by the Telugu Desam Party.[12] The surrender of more than 1600 acres by Reddy in December 2006 was also criticised by the opposition parties who demanded Reddy's prosecution and resignation from his post.[13] Naidu also called for Reddy's resignation after a 2007 Khammam police shooting resulted in eight deaths.[14]

"I not only have 614 acres at Idupulapaya estate in Vempalli mandal. I also have another 1,000 acres in Kundur village in Rajampet between Renugunta and Kadapa town in Kadapa district. This land is unregistered, and was bought by my father (Y S Raja Reddy) as he was interested in growing trees and creating a green belt," Y S Rajashekara Reddy said during his intervention in a debate on 18th December 2006 regarding the controversy about illegal occupation of assigned land. Interestingly, he revised the quantum of land that his family possesses in Idupulapaya from 715 acres.

Quoting rules, Y S Rajashekara Reddy maintained that no penal action can be initiated against him as he had surrendered the 310.57 acres on his own. The opposition, however, including the TDP, the CPM, TRS and BJP said the exemption charges quoted by YSR was applicable to officers only and that he should resign and face prosecution.




I know about most of these allegations, which is what I alluded to earlier. I did not understand the land surrender part. I found this interview transcript on CNN IBN. Interesting!

http://www.thehindu.com/2007/02/19/stories/2007021905931200.htm
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Re: AP CM and 4 others dead after Helicopter crash
« Reply #31 on: September 04, 2009, 05:05:16 AM »
I just learnt that Veerappa Moily is the Union Law Minister. Of "Moily tapes" fame. And this low life becomes a Law Minister!
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Re: AP CM and 4 others dead after Helicopter crash
« Reply #32 on: September 04, 2009, 05:29:16 AM »
'Oily Moily' as he was then known.
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Re: AP CM and 4 others dead after Helicopter crash
« Reply #34 on: September 04, 2009, 10:26:43 PM »
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/india/For-whom-the-bells-toll-YSR-And-124-others/articleshow/4974222.cms

The toll is around 100 now.

I am sure most of them are random. How many days of death will be contributed to this factor  ::)
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Re: AP CM and 4 others dead after Helicopter crash
« Reply #35 on: September 06, 2009, 06:18:26 PM »
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/india/For-whom-the-bells-toll-YSR-And-124-others/articleshow/4974222.cms

The toll is around 100 now.

I am sure most of them are random. How many days of death will be contributed to this factor  ::)
hmm, leaders dying seems to lead to an immediate decline in the population
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