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Updated: April 24, 2011 03:31 IST

Centre forms panel to probe Tawang chopper crash

Vinay Kumar
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This April 19, 2011 photos shows a Pawan Hans chopper crashing into a gorge while landing in Tawang town of Arunachal Pradesh. A Committee of Inquiry has been appointed to probe the crash, which claimed 17 lives.
PTI This April 19, 2011 photos shows a Pawan Hans chopper crashing into a gorge while landing in Tawang town of Arunachal Pradesh. A Committee of Inquiry has been appointed to probe the crash, which claimed 17 lives.

The government has appointed a Committee of Inquiry to probe the circumstances of the Pawan Hans helicopter crash at Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on April 19 that claimed the lives of 17 people.

The committee, headed by Air Marshal (Retd.) P.P. Rajkumar, will have Air Commodore (Retd.) Rai Krishan and Wing Commander (Retd.) Rabinder Singh as members. M.J. Singh, Deputy Director of Air Safety, will be the secretary.

The panel, which will also take the help of experts and agencies, if need be, will have its headquarters here. It will submit its report to the Central government within three months, says an official release here.

Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd. has announced an interim compensation of Rs. 1 lakh for those killed and Rs. 50,000 for the injured. Final compensation shall, however, be determined as per law.

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