There is rising concern in the aviation sector that the Pel-Air accident investigation re-opening may, like some other recent reforms, be on a slippery slope leading to Australia losing its status, as well as its reputation, in matters of air safety administration.
This may seem like a lot of Senate action over a small jet crash in which nobody died. It is really about what sort of Australia we want to live in, as well as whether we have air safety bodies that are fair, honest and competent
Very serious matters are being heard in closed session by the Senate inquiry into the Pel-Air crash but on the public record the pilot has called for the ATSB report to be withdrawn
The air safety regulator, CASA, has proposed fuel rule changes which would have outlawed the conduct of the Pel-Air aerial ambulance flight that ditched into the sea near Norfolk Island last November 18. This is a sign that the final ATSB report into the crash is getting closer, because the implementation of safety actions arising […]
It is made graphically clear by the ATSB interim report into the November 18 ditching of a Pel-Air Westwind jet off Norfolk Island that the six people on board variously rushed or struggled for their lives. Some of the hatches were quickly underwater, one person reports swimming upwards to reach the surface of the sea, […]