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YSR's chopper was not airworthy: Probe report

Written by: Staff

Hyderabad, Jan 22: The probe report on the crashing of former Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's chopper has now put the blame on poor maintenance.

According to a media report, the final civil aviation probe report says:

  • The helicopter was poorly maintained and not airworthy.
  • The Andhra Pradesh Aviation Corporation Limited did not maintain any snag register to allow an analysis of what went wrong.
  • The engine of the helicopter was removed on 1/11/2007 and re-installed on 30/05/2009 but no reason is given for this. This indicates the casual attitude of the maintenance personnel.
  • The crew was aware of the poor weather conditions before departure but decided to ignore it.

The Andhra Pradesh government owned Bell 430 (BT-APG) helicopter had crashed on Sep 2, 2009, killing the chief minister and four other people.

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