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| Andhra Pradesh’s chief minister chopper located|
| Updated at: 1104 PST, Thursday, September 03, 2009|
NEW DELHI: Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's chopper has been reportedly traced near Kurnool. An Indian Air Force spokesperson has said the chopper has been located on top of a hill at a distance of 40 nautical miles east of Kurnool.
“As of now, we have located the helicopter. We are not sure whether it has crashed or not,” said Air Commodore Sagar Bharati of the Bangalore Air Command.
He also said the Air Force was attempting to drop para commandos on the spot through ropes to look for survivors.
K V P Ramachandra Rao, Rajya Sabha member and a close aide of the Andhra Pradesh chief minister, also confirmed the chopper has been found.
Union home secretary GK Pillai said in Delhi that it seems the helicopter has crash landed but there is no confirmation.
The helicopter carrying YSR Reddy, two of his staff and two pilots went missing in pouring rain Wednesday morning over the Naxal and tiger-infested Nalamalla forests.
The CM left Hyderabad on a six-seater Bell chopper at 8.35am for Chittoor accompanied by his secretary and chief security officer. After 9.27am, radio contact was lost with the helicopter.