Probe on Robredo plane crash not done - DOTC


Posted at Sep 11 2012 06:38 PM | Updated as of Sep 12 2012 07:12 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) clarified on Tuesday that the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines’ (CAAP) investigation into the plane crash that killed Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo is not yet finished.

In a press statement, DOTC said findings of several CAAP officials are “all speculative” and not conclusive at this point.

“They are mere possible theories and not the result of a complete, impartial and thorough probe of the Special Investigation Committee created by DOTC right after the fatal plane crash,” the DOTC said, referring to CAAP deputy director-general Capt. John Andrews’ statements that foul play has been ruled out in the crash.

On Monday, Andrews told a congressional oversight committee that “as far as the accident is concerned, it is established that there is no foul play. It is an accident.”

But DOTC said Andrews’ remarks “were unauthorized albeit elicited from a joint congressional committee hearing to look into the cause of the accident.”

A special investigation committee is examining the plane wreckage as well as statements from key personnel regarding the crash.

The DOTC said an official report will be issued once the probe has been concluded.

The plane crash that occurred last August 18 killed Robredo and 2 pilots, Capt. Jessup Bahingting and Nepalese Kshitiz Chand. Only Robredo's aide survived.