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Wednesday, 25 September 2002
Page: 4926


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 26 June 2002:

To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services: Since January 2000, has the Australian Transport Safety Bureau received any reports relating to breaches of flight and duty times by crew operating BAe 146 aircraft for regular passenger transport services; if so: (a) how many reports have been received; (b) in each case when was the report lodged; and (c) what action was taken in response to each report.


Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

This answer supersedes the answer previously printed in Hansard on 20 August 2002 following the provision of further advice from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

(a) Since January 2000, three (3) reports relating to alleged breaches of flight and duty times by crew operating BAe 146 aircraft for regular passenger transport services have been received by the ATSB.

(b) The reports were lodged with the ATSB on 28 September 2000, 26 April 2001, and 3 December 2001.

(c) The reports were submitted to the ATSB by way of the Confidential Aviation Incident Reporting System (CAIR). After de-identification, the reports were referred to CASA as regulatory matters on 28 September 2000 and 4 December 2001 respectively. At the request of the reporter, the report received on 26 April 2001 was withdrawn.