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Air Accident Commission sees ''light at the end of the tunnel''
2005-10-17 12:21:57

Nicosia, Oct 17 (CNA) -- The Greek Investigating Commission of Air Accidents and Incidents has started to see ''light at the end of the tunnel'', as investigations into the cause of the August crash of an Helios Airways Boeing 737 continue.

This morning, Head of the Greek Commission Akrivos Tsolakis, who is in Cyprus to get a number of testimonies, briefed Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos over the course of the investigations and told reporters that the conclusions will probably be ready within the deadline provided by law.

The testimonies will be taken by people who have already been questioned by the Commission in addition to new witnesses.

Responding to questions, he said that the Commission intends to bring experts to meet with the doctor who had examined the pilots as soon as he receives the forensic report. As regards the reconstruction of the flight, Tsolakis says it will take place the latest beginning of next month.

''We see light at the end of the tunnel'', said Tsolakis, noting that ''if we continue moving ahead the way we are doing, I think we will meet the deadline set by law'', minimum six months.

Responding to a question about a letter from an American law firm representing relatives of the victims, he said its content was, to say the least, disrespectful towards a government committee and also showed that these people ''donít have a clue about this case''.

''If we had listened to them, we would not have even existed'', Tsolakis said, noting that he will raise the issue with the relatives and appealed to everybody to let the Commission work quietly as it has been doing until this day.

He further noted that members of the Greek Commission have flown to Seattle, in the US, to be present at the examination of parts of the plane by their US colleagues, which starts today.

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