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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has commenced an investigation into a reported High Profile incident where the crews of an A320 aircraft and a Boeing 767 took evasive action in response to a Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) Resolution Advisory when they were apparently cleared to fly at the same flight level in opposite directions.

The ATSB investigation team includes investigators with specialist Air Traffic Control and Human Performance skills.

One aspect of the investigation will involve the highly technical Australian Advanced Air Traffic System (TAAATS) environment, consequently it is appropriate that the team include investigators with specialist skills in that area. The investigator's skills were developed during employment with Airservices Australia in the development phase of TAAATS.

The team has been structured in such a manner as to ensure that any perceptions of a conflict of interest have been assessed and appropriate management processes applied.

In accordance with ATSB procedures, all reports and recommendations arising from this investigation will be scrutinised by a review panel consisting of Senior ATSB Management.

Prior to the review panel's final scrutiny, the standard process where Interested Parties have the opportunity to comment on the draft report will occur.

Media contact: Peter Saint B: (02) 6274 6590, M: (0408) 497 016
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Last update 01 April 2011