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Thursday, 8 December 1938

Mr THORBY (Calare) (Minister for Civil Aviation)

In presenting to the House the report made by the Air Accidents Investigations Comml\ittee on the- accident which occurred on the 25th October last, to the Douglas air-liner Kyeema, I desire tosay that the duty of the committee was to inquire into the cause of the accident and to recommend to the Minister such action as the committee considered should be taken to prevent a recurrence of such a calamity.

Among the many matters covered by the report I mention particularly the following : - " The cause of the accident, the administration of the Civil Aviation Board in relation to certain matters, the actions and decisions of certain members of the board, and suggestions for additional safeguards."

The report of the committee in respect of the administration is necessarily based on a review of a portion only of the activities and responsibilities of the Civil Aviation Board. However, in view of the criticism of the board and its members which has been made by the committee, the Government proposes to have the whole question of the method of administration to be adopted by the newly constituted Civil Aviation Department, and of the suitability of personnel for executive posts- in that department, fully investigated by an independent body before proceeding with the re-organization. All of the suggestions and recommendations of the committee will be given the fullest consideration by the Government.

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