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Mar 4, 2020

Preliminary Report into Helicopter Crash Completed

A preliminary report following an investigation into the deadly helicopter crash has been submitted to Rear Admiral John Borland, who is coordinating a probe into the incident that claimed four lives last Thursday.  That initial draft was tendered to him earlier today by Captain Elton Bennett of the Belize Coast Guard.  While details of the report have not yet been made public, Minister of National Security Michael Peyrefitte has also been apprised of the results of a ballistics analysis that was conducted on the downed aircraft.  Peyrefitte says that a follow-up press conference will be held on March tenth, immediately following the Senate meeting.


Michael Peyrefitte, Minister of National Security

Michael Peyrefitte

“Our statement said that we would have a preliminary report today.  That should be issued by one p.m. by Captain [Elton] Bennett who is leading the investigation although Admiral [John] Borland is the one coordinating the investigation.  Now that report will be presented to Admiral Borland and then myself and we still have the ballistics expert.  He had indicated to me this morning that the report is ready and he kinda gave me a brief information about what the report will be and then by tomorrow or Friday we should have the full and final, preliminary report.  Naturally then, Admiral Borland, myself and the rest of the national security team, we have to study the report and then by early next week, no later than Tuesday, we’ll be able to brief the nation as to the status of the preliminary report.  Even if we were ready by tomorrow or Friday, we would say that we are still in a period of mourning, we don’t want to do a briefing on a preliminary finding until the last soldier has been laid to rest.  So we’re keeping that in mind and we’re not going to do one over the weekend, so we’re going to do one on Tuesday the latest in the afternoon, right after the Senate meeting.”

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