Airport near-miss safety report criticised

Airport near-miss safety report criticised

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Dick Smith speaks to the media

Dick Smith has been vocal in his criticism of the Transport Safety Bureau’s report. (AAP: Paul Miller, file photo)

Australian businessman and aviator Dick Smith has criticised a safety report into a near miss over Launceston Airport two years ago.
In May 2008, fog caused two passenger planes to miss their approaches after air traffic control had closed for the day.
An Australian Transport Safety Bureau report, released last month, blamed both flight crews equally for a breakdown in communication.

But Mr Smith, who is a former head of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, says the report is woefully inadequate.
He says it took too long to produce and makes no safety recommendations.
“There’s something going on, something is basically very bad and I’d like to know what the answer is before people die,” he said.

Mr Smith says the airport needs to be under constant radar-based control.

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