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Ghani admin orders probe into Pakistani helicopter crash

Ghani admin orders probe into Pakistani helicopter crash

Aug 07, 2016 - 11:05

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghan government has ordered a commission to launch an investigation into the crash of a Pakistani helicopter in the Azra district of central Logar province.

Pakistaninfo-icon’s Mi-17 helicopter went down in Azra on last Thursday when the insurgents took hostage crewmembers, including former Pakistan military officers and a Russian citizen.

A statement from the Presidential Palace confirmed receiving a request from Pakistan to use the Afghan airspace for the flight of the helicopter to Uzbekistan for repairs and overhaul.

After registering specifications of the helicopter, the Afghanistaninfo-icon Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) allowed the Punjab government’s helicopter to fly only for the repair purpose to Uzbekistan.

A meeting chaired by President Ashraf Ghani was held at the Palace to discuss the latest information regarding the incident.

A delegation was appointed to comprehensively investigate the emergency landing of the helicopter and figure out whether it had the same specifications as the ACAA had received.

A committee was also tasked to review existing laws and regulations to immediately bridged possible gaps and present a comprehensive plan for the prevention of such incidents in the future.


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