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ETA for re-done Pel-Air crash report now set for this March

ETA for re-done Pel-Air crash report now set for this March

Ben Sandilands February 22, 2017 2 Comments

It's now likely that the re-done final investigative report into the Pel-Air crash in 2009 will be published before MH370 is found

Rogue pilot revelations show CASA tolerated his activities for years

Rogue pilot revelations show CASA tolerated his activities for years

Ben Sandilands January 26, 2017 5 Comments

Details of the rogue pilot police operation reflect very poorly on air safety regulator CASA

After almost 7 years Pel-Air crash scandal lurches toward finality

After almost 7 years Pel-Air crash scandal lurches toward finality

Ben Sandilands October 14, 2016 26 Comments

How the ATSB expunges the shame of its original and highly unprofessional inquiry into the Pel-Air ditching remains to be seen

Near miss, and attempt to shoot the messenger, add to doubts about ATSB performance

Ben Sandilands July 29, 2016 12 Comments

The ATSB is there to make flying safer in Australia, not to bury or avoid matters that may embarrass the airlines and their regulator and air traffic services provider

A video reminder that the redone Pel-Air report is now due

A video reminder that the redone Pel-Air report is now due

Ben Sandilands February 7, 2016 2 Comments

A reader has sent us this link to a YouTube of the recovery late last year of the cockpit voice and flight data recorders from the sea floor wreckage of the Pel-Air Westwind jet that was ditched near Norfolk Island in November 2009.

Pel-Air 2nd final report now has data, and a stab at a date

Pel-Air 2nd final report now has data, and a stab at a date

Ben Sandilands November 25, 2015 5 Comments

The disgraceful saga of the ATSB inquiry into the ditching of a Pel-Air Westwind jet in 2009 now has black box data, and an indication of a date, for its second and forced final inquiry into the accident.

ATSB now has only one set of black boxes lost at sea

ATSB now has only one set of black boxes lost at sea

Ben Sandilands November 12, 2015 29 Comments

The ATSB has now recovered the black boxes from the Pel-Air crash site that it should have promptly retrieved in 2009.

Six years on, ATSB about to recover Pel-Air flight data recorder

Six years on, ATSB about to recover Pel-Air flight data recorder

Ben Sandilands November 9, 2015 10 Comments

In another triumph of administrative efficiency, diligence and focus the Australian Transport Safety Bureau or ATSB, is poised, after almost six years, to recover the flight recorder from the Pel-Air Westwind corporate jet that was ditched in the sea near Norfolk Island on 18 November 2009.

Pel-Air crash victim wins right to compensation for PTSD

Pel-Air crash victim wins right to compensation for PTSD

Ben Sandilands May 15, 2015 20 Comments

Karen Casey, the nurse who was seriously injured in the Pel-Air crash near Norfolk Island in 2009, has won the right to damages from the air operator for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

ATSB releases new month old images of Pel-Air wreckage

ATSB releases new month old images of Pel-Air wreckage

Ben Sandilands April 24, 2015 2 Comments

It seems to have occurred to someone in the ATSB that it does need to eventually post updates on the re-opened inquiry into the 2009 Pel-Air crash which it botched the first time around.

Pel-Air damages disclosure raises public policy failures

Pel-Air damages disclosure raises public policy failures

Ben Sandilands March 23, 2015 7 Comments

If there is a shred of human decency in our politicians, steps will be taken to reverse the exposure of domestic air travellers to the loss of  post traumatic compensation rights for injured persons that are a part of Australian law in relation to many other types of debilitating accidents.

Pel-Air shock, no trauma damages recourse for victims

Pel-Air shock, no trauma damages recourse for victims

Ben Sandilands March 23, 2015 3 Comments

ABC TV’s Four Corners program tonight has a terrible shock for all domestic air travellers. Australia has willingly signed away your rights for compensation for psychological trauma if you survive a plane crash, in order to harmonise our regulations with those of the rest of the world.

Pel-Air flight recorder to be recovered, if possible

Pel-Air flight recorder to be recovered, if possible

Ben Sandilands February 18, 2015 7 Comments

Despite all the official cr*p spoken by the ATSB, CASA, and their discredited chief commissioner and former director of safety respectively, and the secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, and two successive ministers responsible for aviation, the Pel-Air flight recorder will be attempted to be recovered from the ditching location off Norfolk Island.

Did Australia mislead ICAO over the Pel-Air crash?

Did Australia mislead ICAO over the Pel-Air crash?

Ben Sandilands February 17, 2015 5 Comments

Updated with partial response from Minister Truss. The Pel-Air accident scandal now threatens to undermine Australia’s nomination of the former chief of  CASA, John McCormick, as the next secretary general of ICAO, the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

ATSB forgets Pel-Air in study of fuel exhaustion accidents

ATSB forgets Pel-Air in study of fuel exhaustion accidents

Ben Sandilands February 9, 2015 14 Comments

Amnesia can now be again added to the failings of integrity and safety focus in ATSB reports on the repeated release today of  its study titled Starved and Exhausted: Fuel Management Aviation Accidents.

Pel-Air damages claims finally reach NSW Supreme Court

Ben Sandilands February 3, 2015 4 Comments

The damages claims of two people injured in the Pel-Air ditching near Norfolk Island in 2009 have finally reached the New South Wales Supreme Court. The reports from day one are not pretty.

Vague minister, generous airline, Pel-Air issues mount up

Vague minister, generous airline, Pel-Air issues mount up

Ben Sandilands January 22, 2015 5 Comments

Amazing and inexplicable coincidences have come to light involving party political donations from REX, the owner of Pel-Air, in 2012, after a fierce internal disagreement had broken out in that year in the ATSB over the conduct of its investigation of the ditching of a Pel-Air jet in 2009.

Pel-Air, party donations, and air safety. An inexplicable coincidence?

Ben Sandilands January 20, 2015 10 Comments

Conditional kudos to The Australian today for bringing something that might seem inexplicably coincidental in terms of political donations and hitherto secret lapses in the public administration of air safety in this country into the national mainstream media.