Punjab govt probe into civil aviation deptt functioning

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Chandigarh, Nov 2 (UNI) The Punjab government today ordered a comprehensive inquiry into the entire functioning of the state civil aviation department.

The inquiry has been ordered by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal against the backdrop of the crash of the state governments 6-seater C-10 King Air Beecraft plane near Ludhiana last week. The crash left the pilot and co-pilot dead.

Stating this here, Chief Minister's Media advisor Harcharan Bains said that the inquiry would be conducted by the state Chief Secretary Ramesh Inder Singh. The Chief Secretary will keep the Aviation Minister Upinderjit Kaur apprised of the progress of the inquiry.

Mr Bains said that the Chief Secretary had been directed to submit the report of inquiry within 45 days. He said that inquiry had been ordered in the wake of reservations expressed in concerned circles about the functioning of the Civil Aviation Department.

A separate inquiry into the C-90 King Air crash is being donducted separately by Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA).

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