Navy Plane Crash:Investigators Found the Cockpit Voice Recorder

Hyderabad: A day after the Kiran MK-II trainer aircraft of the Navy had crashed into a residential complex at New Bowenpally in Secunderabad killing the pilot and the co-pilot, an investigating team from the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) visited the accident site today to probe the causes and circumstances that led to the crash.

In a precautionary measure, municipal authorities and police evacuated all the eight families residing in the building and an inquiry was ordered by the Secunderabad Cantonment Board into whether the building had all the required permissions or not. Municipal authorities felt that at least the damaged portion of the building needed to be demolished lest it should impact the structural stability of the whole building but the investigating agencies asked them not to do any such thing till their probe was complete. “We were asked to cordon the entire area and not to touch the building till they complete their investigation,’’ a senior police official said.

Sources said the investigators identified the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) which was lying in a pool of water in the debris but it was not taken out. They also found the charred remains of the legs of the pilot. The Navy teams are likely to retrieve the parts of the aircraft, which are of high cost, before giving permission for demolition of the building.

With the debris and the tail piece of the aircraft still enmeshed in the building, police evacuated the eight families from the building owned by a civil engineer, L Ramesh Kumar, this morning.

Meanwhile, the SCB constituted a three-member panel to probe whether the building owner had the permission to construct the pent house and mobile phone towers. The landlord, on the other hand, is demanding `adequate’ compensation for the loss of his property.

“I will meet Chief Minister K Rosaiah and plead my case with him,’’ he said but remained tightlipped on whether he had the permission for the pent house and mobile phone towers.

“Giving compensation depends on whether he had the mandatory permissions.

Otherwise, he would be penalised for unauthorised construction,’’ an SCB official said.

Meanwhile, the mishap site continues to draw huge crowds creating impediments to the investigators and the police.

All the roads leading to the crash site have been cordoned off causing inconvenience to the locals and causing traffic congestion.

Bowenpally police registered a suo motu case of the accident and are investigating.

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