YSR chopper crash: Panel to suggest action

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 00:01

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Cabinet on Tuesday approved reports of two expert committees and also the CBI
that probed the helicopter crash in Nallamala forest in which
the then Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and four others
were killed on September 2, 2009.

The probes concluded that the crash of Bell 430 chopper
carrying Reddy was "purely an accident" and ruled out any
sabotage though they pointed to "negligence" on part of some
officials of AP Aviation Corporation Ltd (APACL).

Based on recommendations of the reports, the Cabinet
decided to initiate necessary action against then APACL
Managing Director Brahmananda Reddy and Deputy Quality
Controller Laxmana Rao for their "negligence" in not arranging
a fit helicopter for the Chief Minister`s flight to Chittoor
district on that fateful day, sources said.

"An official committee will be constituted to recommend
action to be taken against the then officials of APACL. The
committee will decide whether a criminal case has to be filed
against those found guilty of negligence," Information
Minister D K Aruna told reporters at the end of the Cabinet

Brahmananda Reddy, an Indian Railway Accounts Service
officer, had since been repatriated to his parent cadre while
Laxmana Rao continues to be with APACL.

The chopper crash issue reportedly dominated the
proceedings of the Cabinet with several ministers questioning
why no action had been initiated the APACL officials so far.


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First Published: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 00:01

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