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Thursday, 30 September 1999
Page: 9316

Senator O'Brien asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 5 August 1999:

(1) Was a Fokker F28MK4000 operated by Flightwest Airlines forced by poor weather to abort a landing on Norfolk Island and divert to New Zealand; if so: (a) when did the incident occur; (b) how much fuel was available when the aircraft reached New Zealand; and (c) did that fuel level meet minimum operating safety standards.

(2) Was the above incident investigated by the Bureau of Air Safety Investigation (BASI); if so can a copy of the BASI report be provided; if not, why was no investigation carried out.

Senator Ian Macdonald (Regional Services, Territories and Local Government) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable Senator's question:

(1) Yes

(a)21 January 1999

(b) Fuel on board on arrival at Auckland Airport was 1800kg.

(c) 1800kg of fuel exceeded the required reserve by 38 minutes flying time.

(2) Yes. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has advised that BASI investigated this incident and it has been classified as a Category 4PB Occurrence. Category 4PB occurrences are those where some investigation actions are needed to expand on and/or substantiate the initially reported facts. Investigations associated with this category specifically aim to identify if safety enhancement action is appropriate for occurrences involving Air Transport and other commercial operations. A copy of the report has been provided to the Table Office.