§ Mr. Janner
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement on the findings of the Hong Kong Director of Civil Aviation into the crash on 11th April of an Indian airliner carrying Chinese Communist officials.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
The aircraft crashed in Indonesian territorial waters and, in accordance with the procedure laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the Indonesian Government appointed a Commission of Inquiry which investigated the cause of the disaster. The Hong Kong Director of Civil Aviation joined the Commission as his Government's accredited representative. He was advised by the United Kingdom Chief Investigating Officer of Accidents.
2. The report of the Commission established that an explosion in the right wing of the aircraft caused the crash and was due to sabotage. Since it seems likely that the explosive device employed was placed in the aircraft during its stop in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Government are making every effort to ascertain the facts and bring those responsible to justice.