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
Ben Sandilands January 26, 2017 5 Comments
Details of the rogue pilot police operation reflect very poorly on air safety regulator CASA
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.