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Jan 30, 2013


Extract from the ATSB Safety Watch page


If we had a daily award for hypocrisy it would go to the ATSB for this item under the heading of Safety Watch which it shamelessly tweeted a few hours ago.

This is the same ATSB that is alleged in privileged testimony to a Senate Inquiry into its report into the ditching of a Pel-Air medical flight near Norfolk Island in 2009 to have been improperly influenced by CASA to frame all the fault for the accident onto the pilot, while letting off the operator which CASA had found was at the time in multiple and serious breaches of the safety rules CASA is supposed to enforce.

There is something intrinsically rotten when the full apparatus of the public administration of air safety regulation and investigation in Australia can be made to used to crush an individual to the exclusion of an inadequate regulator, CASA, and its apparent desire to protect a company that failed to comply with the safety laws of this country.

These matters have been exposed, on 4 Corners, in the Senate, and here, and while many in government and industry would wish the victim to go quietly away and cop it, that isn’t or shouldn’t be the Australian way.

If the air safety investigator and the regulator cannot be trusted to impartially and fully deal with an incident in which an air ambulance ran out of fuel using air space for which it was ill-equipped, flown by pilots engaged by a company that had been inadequately overseen by the regulator, and was in the most serious breach of the rules, then just how much trust should the Australian public give to their capacity to discharge their duties in relation to larger airliners and even more serious issues?

At the bottom of the image above, the ATSB has the gall to talk about making safety recommendations  yet in its evidence to the Senate Pel-Air report inquiry, it said it had stopped making safety recommendations that are an ICAO obligation for fear that they might be overused. Which was total humbug, but a convenient excuse for failing to do its duty in relation to making a proper report into the Pel-Air crash.

Does the ATSB think we are really that stupid? Or that the Senators are that dumb?

There are some very serious questions to be raised about the integrity of the ATSB post its shameful report into the Pel-Air crash. It’s pretend preaching about under reporting is an insult to everyone with a serious commitment to air safety in this country.



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3 thoughts on “ATSB shamelessly rails against safety under-reporting

  1. ltfisher

    A curious lack of comment from readers on this critical issue. Is it that it is not a subject that interests armchair commentators or is it one that shows that so few have little if any real experience of ‘aviating’? Or is it that there is a concern by readers, who are active aviators, that their comments might be identified? All a bit strange.

  2. J.W.

    no mention of QF so the usual apologists aren’t interested…

  3. fractious

    Itfisher except as a passive recipient I am not involved in aviation. For my own part, having worked in a field that involved both private interests seeking their own greedy ends and government agencies charged with investigation, analysis and oversight, hypocritical acts on the part of some government regulatory agencies is nothing new. I fully expected the private sector parties to pursue their interests to the bounds of legal conduct (and often beyond) – what I didn’t foresee was how willing governments and the top tiers of its agencies were to bend to the corporate will.

    That’s not to say that is what it happening at the ATSB, just to explain my own lack of surprise at its apparent double standards.


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