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Thursday, 21 February 1980
Page: 325


Mr Jull (BOWMAN, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 15 November 1979:

(   1 ) How many passengers have died in flight on Qantas aircraft between Australia and points in Europe since 1 February 1979.

(2)   How many passengers who died, originally held advance purchase tickets. - (3) What checks are made of aged passengers purchasing advance purchase tickets, as to their condition to undertake major long haul journeys.

(4)   Do foreign airlines advise his Department of deaths which occur on their flights to and from Australia; if so, how many Australians have died on their flights since 1 February 1979.


Mr Hunt -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) Four passengers have died in flight on Qantas aircraft between Australia and points in Europe during the period 4 February to 13 October 1979;

(   2 ) Two passengers;

(3)   Qantas does not routinely institute medical checks on intending passengers on the basis of a passenger's age. However, if a passenger, on arrival at an airport, is apparently suffering from some medical condition, that passenger may be requested by Qantas staff to undergo a medical examination before entering the aircraft. In addition, any passenger who admits to a medical condition or who makes special requests, indicating a medical condition exists, is requested to have a Qantas Medical Fitness for Air Travel Form completed by their doctor. This is forwarded to Qantas Medical Services who act on the information supplied;

(4)   No.







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