Tue, Nov 07, 2006
"An Emerging Pattern Of Incompetence"
Australia's Civil Aviation Safety
Authority, or CASA, has come under fire from the government's
opposition party for its handling of an airline accident last
The Federal Opposition says it wants a Senate inquiry into why
TransAir is still flying, even though CASA revoked its air carrier
certificate two weeks ago.
Fifteen people were killed when a TransAir Metroliner III
crashed into Queensland's Lockhart River in May 2005. It was
Australia's worst air disaster in 40 years.
Senator Kerry O'Brien, who is the transport spokesman for the
Labor Party, says "there is an emerging pattern of incompetence on
the part of CASA."
"We've had one attempt to get an inquiry into CASA, which the
Government blocked, although some Government Senators said they
were considering supporting our motion," said O'Brien to ABC News.
"So the test now is are they as good as their word?"
O'Brien planned to launch a formal Senate inquiry Monday.
"The reality is they should have had concerns about TransAir
some time ago," he added. "If the regulator, who's just been given
additional power by the Commonwealth in relation to monitoring air
space, can't competently deal with its role in relation to one
operator, what does it say about its capacity to do all the other
things it has to deal with?"
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