Srinagar: No lessons have been learnt from
earlier helicopter crashes which have led to the death of
two chief ministers since 2009, Jammu and Kashmir Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah said Wednesday.
"I agree, no lessons learnt. We make the same mistakes
again and again. My heart goes out to his family," Omar wrote
in blogosphere while taking part in discussions on the chopper
crash in which Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu
Omar regretted that while a lot of noise will be made
and inquiries ordered, the incident will be forgotten till
another mishap takes place.
"We`ll make a lot of noise & (and) order inquiries &
(and) then forget about it till the next one goes down. This
is 2nd CM in my short tenure," he wrote.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy
had died in a chopper crash in September 2009.
Describing Khandu as a friend, Omar wrote "may my
friend, the CM of Arunachal Pradesh, rest in peace & (and) may
the Almighty give his family the strength to bear this great
Omar had earlier criticised the decision of flying
choppers even in bad weather saying it was better for a pilot
to lose his job than lose life.
Asked about his flying preference by a blogger, the
Chief Minister said, "In my case, I defer to the judgement
of the senior pilot flying me but I know others who are happy
to force pilots to fly".