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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 940

Senator McLAREN asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

How many aircraft mishap reports were received by the Department of Civil Aviation during 1971 relating to (a) Northern. Territory, (b) South Australia.

Senator COTTON - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

An aircraft accident is internationally defined as an occurence which involves substantial damage to aircraft or the death or serious injury of a person arising from the operation of an aircraft. Within the Department of Civil Aviation a mishap is defined as an occurrence, during the operation of an aircraft which results in damage to the aircraft or injury to a person other than damage or injury which would cause the occurrence to be classified as an accident. As the honourable senator's concept of a mishap may differ from the foregoing I have, in answer to his question, provided information in respect of both accidents and mishaps. During 1971 there were 19 accidents and 23 mishaps reported in Northern Territory and 19 accidents and 16 mishaps reported in South Australia.

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