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Monday, 14 March 2005
Page: 136


Senator Mark Bishop asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 17 December 2004:

(1)   With reference to the table of aviation safety investigations shown on page 66 of the Department’s Annual Report for 2003-04: For the year 2003-04, what is the breakdown, by type, for both accidents and incidents notified; that is, mechanical failure, separation, weather etc..

(2) (a)   How many charges were pressed against operators and pilots as the result of investigations into both accidents and incidents; and (b) What was the outcome in each case.


Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   The breakdown by type for aviation accidents and incidents notified to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in 2003/2004 is itemised in Attachment 1 to this response.

(2)   The ATSB is a ‘no blame’ safety investigator empowered under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003 (TSI Act) to bring charges against persons including operators and pilots only if a person misleads an investigation or if there is some other offence against the TSI Act. No charges of this nature have been laid to date.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is the body that investigates and recommends prosecution for regulatory offences under other Commonwealth legislation, which may include in the context of an accident.

CASA investigations into apparent or alleged breaches of the Civil Aviation Act 1988 and Regulations are initiated independently of ATSB accident and incident investigations. Thus, CASA investigations may be initiated for a variety of reasons, not necessarily following, and not necessarily related to, an accident or incident investigated by the ATSB.

In 2003/2004, 15 matters were referred by CASA to the Director of Public Prosecutions. During that 12 month period, 20 prosecutions were finalised, of which 5 resulted in acquittals and 15 concluded in convictions.

Occurrence Type

Accident

Incident

Total

Act, Regulation or Orders infringement

 

147

147

Air Rage

 

7

7

Aircraft Handling

57

66

123

Aircraft System Malfunction

 

205

205

ATC - Information Delivery Error

 

89

89

ATC Delivery Error

 

1

1

ATC Facility Failure

 

81

81

Birdstrike

 

1042

1042

Breakdown of Co-Ordination

 

371

371

Breakdown of Separation

 

180

180

Callsign Confusion

 

26

26

Cockpit Alert Device activated

 

170

170

Collision Ground

14

1

15

Collision Ground - other aircaft

 

8

8

Collision Object

 

10

10

Collision Vehicle

 

4

4

Communication problem - Air-to-Air

 

13

13

Communication problem - Ground/Air

 

20

20

Communication problem - Ground/Ground

 

1

1

Compressor Stall

 

1

1

Configuration Warning

 

2

2

Control Surface Problem

1

58

59

Crew Communications

 

4

4

Crew Injury/Incapcitation

 

17

17

Door Problem

 

48

48

Engine Powerloss

28

1

29

Engine Problem

5

312

317

Failure to Comply with ATC Instruction

 

548

548

Fire

1

10

11

Foreign Object Danger

 

30

30

Fuel Related

3

24

27

Fumes

 

51

51

Ground Crew Injury/Incapcitation

 

1

1

Instrument Failure

 

3

3

Jet Blast

 

2

2

Landing Gear Collapsed

13

2

15

Landing Gear Problem

 

221

221

Lost

 

1

1

Mechanical Failure

9

 

9

Panel Unsecured

 

10

10

Passenger Injury/Incapcitation

 

5

5

Pre-flight Planning

 

41

41

Prop Strike

 

13

13

Propellor Accessory Problem

 

6

6

Radio Failure

 

28

28

Rotor Strike

 

1

1

Runway Excursion

 

5

5

Runway Incursion

 

145

145

Runway Lighting

 

10

10

Runway Obstruction

 

3

3

Runway Occupied-Go-Around

 

2

2

Runway Overrun

 

2

2

Smoke

 

27

27

Tailstrike

 

1

1

TCAS RA

 

112

112

Violation of Controlled Airspace

 

75

75

Wake Turbulence

 

3

3

Weather Related Incident

11

86

97

Weight and Balance

 

21

21

Wheels Up Landing

4

 

4

Window Problem

 

17

17

Wire Strike

6

13

19

Total

152

4404

4556