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Israel Cooperating with Icao Delegation. Probing Libyan Airliner Crash

Transport Ministry officials said today that they would cooperate fully with a delegation of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) which arrived here yesterday to investigate the downing of a Libyan airliner by Israeli fighters over Sinai Feb. 21. The group has visited Libya and Egypt in the course of their investigation of the tragedy.

The investigation was authorized at a recent ICAO conference which condemned Israel for downing the civilian airliner in which over 100 lives were lost. The investigating team will study tape recordings taken from the wreckage of the plane and is expected to interview the surviving Libyan co-pilot who is convalescing at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. They will remain in Israel for a week. A similar investigation was conducted last month by a team of French experts. The pilot and several crew members of the Boeing 727, all of whom died, were French.

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