NEW DELHI: The Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Dorjee Khandu is not the only leader to have met a tragic end in an air crash. Here are some of the others:
Y S Rajasekhara Reddy: The Andhra Pradesh chief minister’s helicopter crashed in a dense forest when he was flying to a village in Chitoor district on September 3, 2009.
Sanjay Gandhi: The younger son of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, seen as her political heir, died when the stunt plane he was flying crashed soon after taking off from the Safdarjung airport in Delhi on June 23, 1980.
Madhavrao Scindia: The senior Congress leader and minister died in a plane crash on September 30, 2001 when he was going to address a public rally in Uttar Pradesh.
G M C Balayogi: The Lok Sabha speaker and Telugu Desam Party leader lost his life in a helicopter crash March 3, 2002. He was travelling in a Bell 206 helicopter similar to Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s.
Dera Natung: In May 2001, the Arunachal Pradesh education minister and five others were killed when their Pawan Hans craft crashed near Tawang because of poor visibility.
O P Jindal and Surendra Singh: The noted industrialist and then Haryana agriculture minister died when their chopper went down in Uttar Pradesh on March 31, 2005.
C Sangma: The Meghalaya community development minister died in a chopper crash in September 2004.
Surendra Nath: The Punjab governor and 12 others, including nine of his family, were killed when a state government plane crashed in a mountainous region of Himachal Pradesh state, minutes after taking off July 9, 1994.
Mohan Kumaramangalam: Minister of steel in the Indira Gandhi government, Kumaramangalam was killed in a plane crash in New Delhi May 30, 1973.