Search for Andhra CM's missing chopper continues

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Hyderabad, Sep 2 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Police is continuing a search for the missing chopper of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajshekhar Reddy.

According to police sources, a civilian copter has been pushed in to the search operation. nconfirmed reports said the Army has also joined the search operation.

Panic was created around Wednesday noon as Reddy was reported untraceable for nearly four hours.

Reddy was on his way to Chittor, by the chopper which initial reports said had made an emergency landing near Kurnool due to inclement weather.

The chopper took off at 8.45 a.m. for Chittor and was scheduled to arrive here at 10.45 a.m, sources said.

The chopper was said to have landed in the middle of thick forest, said to be affected by the Maoist activities.

The Chief Minister's Office (CMO) confirmed the receiving a message of the emergency landing of the chopper, but nothing thereafter.

Till now, no one has confirmed the movements of Reddy.

The Union Home Ministry is monitoring the search operations, as Kurnool is a Naxal affected area.

Air Traffic Control (ATC) sources said the chopper went off the radar due to heavy rains.

The CMO maintains there is no need to worry, as the area has no mobile connectivity. (ANI)

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