Y Joe alias Kutty was a 52-year-old man, who recorded a video of the IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter on Wednesday. Just before it crashed near Coonoor in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu, said bad weather and poor visibility might be the reason for the mishap. The chopper crash has taken the lives of Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife, and 11 others. Only one person survived but he is 90 percent burned and admitted to the hospital for a speedy recovery.
Joe is a wedding photographer from Ramanathapuram in Coimbatore the city came to meet the police commissioner on Friday morning with his friend H Nazar, 52, who is seen in the video. They said they had gone to the Kateri locality near Coonoor for taking pictures. Joe noticed the chopper and recorded a video on his mobile phone.
Nazar of Karumbukadai in Coimbatore, who is running a printing press at Gandhipuram, and his family members were on a trip to Ooty on Wednesday. Joe accompanied them. Around 12.15 pm, they reached the mountain train track near Kateri where the family members had taken photographs and videos. “I heard the chopper’s sound and started to record a video. It was a 19 seconds video. The chopper was flying steadily and disappeared into the mist. Within a few seconds, we heard a bang and thought that the chopper was crashed,'” said Joe.
Nazar said the area was covered in mist and the chopper disappeared into the mist. “We heard a bang. Our video is one of the main shreds of evidence for the chopper crash investigation,” said Nazar. A tri-service probe begins to find out what happened in the last minutes. They tried to climb the hill using the track. Meanwhile, police reached the spot and didn’t allow them to proceed.