5-km radius area identified: Chavan | india | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
Oct 18, 2017-Wednesday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

5-km radius area identified: Chavan

A 5-km radius area in the Nallamalla forests in Andhra Pradesh from where the missing helicopter carrying Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy made the last contact to Air Traffic Control has been identified, Union Minister Prithviraj Chavan said in Hyderabad.

india Updated: Sep 03, 2009 08:14 IST

A 5-km radius area in the Nallamalla forests in Andhra Pradesh from where the missing helicopter carrying Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy made the last contact to Air Traffic Control has been identified, Union Minister Prithviraj Chavan said in Hyderabad on Thursday.

IAF's Sukhoi 30MK1 aircraft with synthetic aperture radar for high resolution ground mapping and a pilotless low-flying ISRO aircraft scoured the thick Nallamalai forests in Kurnool district to locate the missing chopper with five persons, including two pilots, on board.

"By triangulation, we have located the area which is about 5-km raidus circle and it has been identified based on the last contact with the Air Traffic Control," Chavan, the Union Minister of State in the PMO, told reporters.

"They (people on board the chopper) were carrying about five cell phones and so whenever a cell phone passes through a tower it will register and with best help from BSNL, we will identify the area," Chavan, who along with Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily rushed here last night, said. "We are sparing no efforts whatsoever.

We have deployed everything what we have got, Airforce, state police, air-surveillance, satellite imagery and remote-sensing aircraft have been taking photos. Everything has been put into service," Chavan said. "It is that area where the last contact with Air Traffic Control was made and also contact with a BSNL mobile tower was made," he said.