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Tuesday, 30 March 1971

Senator COTTON - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) When the Honourable Senator asked the same question of me without notice on the 9th March,I said at that time that an investigation of the accident was being carried out by the Air Safety Investigation Branch of my Department and that extraordinary care must be taken to investigate every facet of such an accident. The investigating officers are carrying out their duties with as much haste as the complexities of such an occurrence will permit. It is not possible to predict when a report on their investigation will be available and in this case a great deal of information must be sought overseas from the operator of the DC8 aircraft, from the Department of Transport in Canada and from aircraft manufacturers.I can assure the Honourable Senator that there will be no avoidable delay in the finalisation of this report.

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