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Centre orders probe into copter crash

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, May 6 � Following recovery of the wreckage of the ill-fated helicopter carrying Dorjee Khandu which crashed off Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, the Centre has formally ordered a high-level inquiry into the crash. A three-member committee of inquiry headed by Air Marshal (Retd) PS Ahluwalia has been appointed to inquire into the circumstances that led to the accident of the Pawan Hans helicopter.

The other two members include (Retd) Joint (DG) PK Chattopadhyay and Group Captain (Retd) TV Unni-krishnan. The helicopter carrying the late Chief Minister crashed near Labotang, Arunachal Pradesh on April 30, while operating from Tawang to Itanagar.

Senior Air Safety Officer

AX Joseph has also been appointed as the secretary to the committee. The committee would also seek assistance of other experts and agencies whenever required. The headquarters of the committee would be at New Delhi. It would submit its report to the Central Government within three months, an official spokesman said.

Keeping in view the circumstances of the sad and tragic accident and fatalities involved, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has found it expedient to institute an inquiry committee under Rule 74 of Aircraft Rules, 1937 to investigate and determine the cause and contributory factors leading to the accident and make recommendations to avoid recurrence of such accidents in future, sources said.

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Centre orders probe into copter crash

NEW DELHI, May 6 � Following recovery of the wreckage of the ill-fated helicopter carrying Dorjee Khandu which crashed off Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, the Centre has formally ordered a high-level inquiry into the crash. A three-member committee of inquiry headed by Air Marshal (Retd) PS Ahluwalia has been appointed to inquire into the circumstances that led to the accident of the Pawan Hans helicopter.

The other two members include (Retd) Joint (DG) PK Chattopadhyay and Group Captain (Retd) TV Unni-krishnan. The helicopter carrying the late Chief Minister crashed near Labotang, Arunachal Pradesh on April 30, while operating from Tawang to Itanagar.

Senior Air Safety Officer

AX Joseph has also been appointed as the secretary to the committee. The committee would also seek assistance of other experts and agencies whenever required. The headquarters of the committee would be at New Delhi. It would submit its report to the Central Government within three months, an official spokesman said.

Keeping in view the circumstances of the sad and tragic accident and fatalities involved, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has found it expedient to institute an inquiry committee under Rule 74 of Aircraft Rules, 1937 to investigate and determine the cause and contributory factors leading to the accident and make recommendations to avoid recurrence of such accidents in future, sources said.