ATSB finds hitherto unknown dangerous part failure in REX flight that suddenly lost a prop
A SAAB 340 similar to the REX plane did lose a propeller in similar circumstances 26 years ago
Gliders and airliners keep just missing each other at country airports and the ATSB spells out the risks in this close call earlier in the year
The ATSB has dissected the confused performance of two REX pilots who set up their SAAB 340 turbo-prop to land on a coal loader they had mistaken for Newcastle Airport in an incident in November 2012.
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.
The opening of Wellcamp airport, way ,way ,way to the west of Brisbane today, ought to strike fear into the heart of those who push grossly inflated prices for new transport infrastructure projects in Australia. Or alternatively, deep envy at a political and public level.
Qantas continues to fly regular links between towns in Queensland where its story began in 1920 as a result of the state government’s latest review and tender processes for its regulated air routes.
There is a non-airline industry aspect to REX announcing it will start flying between Sydney and Armidale three times daily from 28 March.
Will the Abbott Government find itself endorsing support for a Qantas which might, for example, announce multi billion dollar asset sales, like part of the frequent flyer program, or the Jetstar franchise?