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Tuesday, 30 November 1965

Mr WEBB (STIRLING, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation. Has the Australian Airlines Flight Engineers Association strongly advocated that the technical crew of the new DC9 aircraft should include a flight engineer? Do they state that the present plan to provide a crew of two is inimical to air safety? Is it a fact that all serious air accidents in Australia have involved operations with crews of two? Will the Minister see that a crew of three is provided for these aircraft rather than a crew of two as recommended by the companies which are putting commercial interests ahead of the safety factor?

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