YSR’s helicopter traced

Twenty-four hours after it went missing, the helicopter carrying Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy was on Thursday found on Rudrakonda hill, 40 nautical miles east of Kurnool, but there was no word on his condition.

Rajasekhara-Reddy

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called a high-level meeting. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi is attending the meet.

Sources have told NDTV that the chopper has been found in a mangled state, but there is no official confirmation yet.

“As of now we have located the helicopter. It is on top of a hill at a distance 40 nautical miles (70 kms) east of Kurnool. Our helicopters are there. We are trying to locate whether there are any survivors,” Air Commodore Sagar Bharti of the Bangalore air command told reporters.

“We are not sure if it has crashed or not. We are sure we have located the helicopter,” he said.

Two helicopters were hovering over the area where the helicopter has been located and was looking for a spot to land.

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