YSR death: CBI recommends action against 2 APACL officers

CBI has recommended action against two officials of APACL in connection with the helicopter crash in which CM YSR Reddy was killed for "lapses" on their part to verify the tenure of the pilots.

Updated: May 20, 2010, 23:02 PM IST

Hyderabad: CBI has recommended action
against two officials of Andhra Pradesh Aviation Corporation
Limited (APACL) in connection with the helicopter crash in
which Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy was killed for
"lapses" on their part to verify the tenure of the pilots.

"We suggested necessary action against then Managing
Director APACL Brahmananda Reddy and Quality Control Manager
Lakshman Rao," DIG (CBI) V V Laxminarayana told reporters
here today.
The lapses on part of the officials were their "failure"
to verify the tenure of the pilots, maintenance of helicopter
and outsourcing of maintenance, Laxminarayana said.

The investigating agency, which carried out a probe into
the last year chopper crash that killed the chief minister and
four others, recommended action in its inquiry report tabled
before the state government last week.

"It (APACL) should be run like a professional
organisation. One should check out all the maintenance aspects
well in advance and taking decisions at the last moment on
maintenance...you cannot take up," he said.
The premier investigating agency, however, ruled out any
conspiracy or sabotage in the crash in Kurnool district on
September 2, 2009.

"It was an accident and weather condition was very bad.
They (pilots) had taken a decision to go into clouds and could
not come out," the CBI official pointed out.

PTI