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No single part of Reddy's helicopter intact at crash site

The helicopter carrying Chief Minister YS Rajashekara Reddy broke into several pieces and no single part remained intact and the debris was scattered in a dense forest area after it crashed into a hill in blinding weather.

india Updated: Sep 03, 2009 23:09 IST

The helicopter carrying Chief Minister YS Rajashekara Reddy broke into several pieces and no single part remained intact and the debris was scattered in a dense forest area after it crashed into a hill in blinding weather.

Aviation experts said the visual analysis of the wreckage on Thursday showed that the impact of the crash was both "vertical and horizontal" and gave an idea of its ferocity that the five occupants of the ill-fated chopper--Reddy, two officers and the two pilots-- may have endured.

A sheet of papers and a document which was burnt in the corners appeared to be the only things that emerged unscathed in the crash in Nallamala ranges in Kurnool district that killed all the five persons on board, TV visuals of the wreckage site showed.

A blue painted rectangular metal piece was retrieved from the wreckage site but offered no immediate clue to which part of the chopper it belonged to.

Officials and aviation experts said the Bell-430 helicopter, which was headed for Chittoor, about 600 km in the southern end of the state, deviated 18 km from its regular path towards east near Rudrakoduru in the Nallamala ranges in Kurnool district in rain and bad weather.

Aviation expert Dezil Keelor said the nature of crash was such was that there is really nothing to recover from the mangled remains. The pilot who was operating on visual flying mode may have had just a couple of seconds after the chopper hit the hill before it exploded, Keeelor said, adding he was below the safety height.

As the debris were being collected, bodies of Reddy and four other passengers of the crashed helicopter were winched up to a Dhruv and a Mi-8 helicopter in bags.