CIDG will help in crash probe if asked


Posted at Aug 23 2012 01:29 PM | Updated as of Aug 24 2012 03:05 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED/CORRECTED) - The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) will come in to help in the investigation of the plane crash last Saturday if needed.

CIDG Chief Police Director Samuel D. Pagdilao Jr. said air accidents are handled by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

He belied an initial report on this website, based on a tweet by Jeff Canoy of ABS-CBN News who is in Masbate, that the CIDG will conduct its own probe into crash of the twin-engine Piper Seneca plane which killed Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, pilots Jessup Bahinting and Kshitiz Chand last Saturday.

Canoy earlier tweeted: "CIDG taking over custody of plane wreck to conduct inventory and own investigation before turning it over to CAAP."

Hours later, he tweeted: "CIDG now turning over custody of plane wreck to the CAAP."

Pagdilao said the CIDG will help if CAAP requests for it.

Transport Secretary Mar Roxas yesterday ordered CAAP to conduct the investigation. The CAAP also ordered the grounding of all aircraft by Aviatour Air.

CAAP is looking at several angles to the plane crash, including pilot error and substandard aviation fuel.