The ATSB has released its investigation report into the 18 November 2009 ditching of an Israel Aircraft Industries Westwind 1124A that occurred off Norfolk Island. The report found that the need to ditch the aircraft arose from incomplete pre-flight and en route planning and the failure to assess that a safe landing could not be assured before it was too late to divert. The investigation also confirmed the benefit of clear in-flight weather decision making guidance and its timely application by pilots in command.
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An aviation commentator is calling Australia's two air safety bodies a threat to public safety, in the wake of last night's Four Corners program on a plane crash near Norfolk Island. All six people on board survived the crash, but Four Corners revealed that a private regulator's report found that officials knew of poor practices at the airline before the incident.That contradicts the official explanation of pilot error. Now a pilot's group wants the air safety regulator, CASA, to re-investigate the company Pel-Air.
See the full report on this article here: http://bit.ly/O8na4q
See the full "Four Corners: Crash landing" ... Program (transcript and other links) here: http://bit.ly/Tdu8Gb
(Thank you to Graham Dent for this update lead)