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Tuesday, 23 November 1971
Page: 3533

Mr Collard asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation upon notice:

(1)   Can (he Minister say whether it is a normal situation for a MacRobertson Miller Airlines Fokker Fellowship aircraft flying north and scheduled to land at (a) Broome or (b) Derby to carry insufficient fuel to proceed, if need be, to an alternative aerodrome other than Fitzroy Crossing.

(2)   If not, why did the Fokker Fellowship which landed at Fitzroy Crossing on 31st July 1971 have insufficient fuel when it arrived over Derby to fly to one of the other alternatives.

(3)   Where would the captain of the aircraft have been obliged to seek a landing bad Fitzroy Crossing been unserviceable.

Mr SWARTZ (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) - The Minister for Civil Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   lt would be a normal situation for a Fokker Fellowship aircraft to proceed to Broome or Derby without carrying fuel to proceed to an alternative aerodrome provided that the forecast weather conditions and facilities at the destination aerodrome met specified minimum requirements.

(2)   The forecast weather conditions and facilities at Derby, were such that the Fokker Fellowship aircraft which landed at Fitzroy Crossing on 3 1st July 1971 was noi required to provide for an alternative aerodrome on that .flight.

(3)   Had Fitzroy Crossing been unserviceable either Kununurra or Halls Creek was available for use by the aircraft, lt would have been necessary however, for the pilot in command to have decided to depart' from Derby earlier than he did.

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