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Tuesday, 9 March 1971

Senator COTTON - I think the Senate will be familiar with the process by which any aircraft accident of a major character or a minor character is investigated. The investigations are made by the air accidents branch of my Department which reports only to the Director-General and through him to me. These investigations take quite a long time. In the end, comments or statements about other countries and their operators of aircraft in the form of companies or individuals may well be made. Extraordinary care is taken to investigate every facet of an accident and to be as accurate as possible. I cannot give a date on which the report will be issued but I can assure the honourable senator that it is being prosecuted very vigorously indeed and will be published as soon as possible. In accordance with past practice it will bc tabled in the Parliament.

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