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Panic over missing helicopter

Snag in transmission and receipt of signals may have led to rumors says SP


Unconfirmed reports about the sudden disappearance of a helicopter kept the official machinery in Nalgonda and Khammam districts on tenterhooks for several hours on Friday morning. At the end of it all, it turned out that no helicopter was missing. The stories made at low altitude by a helicopter engaged by the Atomic Minerals Division as part of airborne geophysical survey was the cause of the tension.

Even while rumors were doing the rounds, the chopper landed in a private school ground in Huzurnagar as per a predetermined schedule. The helicopter left for another base at Gudur in Miryalaguda and conducted some more sorties. The Superintendent of Police, Rajesh Kumar said that the helicopter was engaged by the Airborne Survey and Remote Sensing Group of AMD Hyderabad. A technical sang in transmission and receipt of the signals between the chopper and the Air Traffic Control tower might have led to the rumors, he added.

Police personnel in Wyra, Bonakal, Konijerla and Madhira stations in the district conducted extensive operations and kept rescue teams on the standby following an alert from Hyderabad that a private chopper had lost radio contact while entering Khammam district from Jaggaiahpet area in Krishna District. Some civilians and police personnel from Konijerla village were on their way to Gubbagurthi following information that black smoke was noticed atop a hillock. But it turned out to be a some wild growth was burning.

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