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On 6 September 1999, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau issued recommendation R19990052 to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. That recommendation stated that:

"The Civil Aviation Safety Authority, in conjunction with the aircraft manufacturer, British Aerospace Plc, address deficiencies that permit the entry of fumes into the cockpit and cabin areas of BAe 146 aircraft. These deficiencies should be examined by the regulatory authority as part of its responsibilities for initial certification and continued airworthiness of the BAe 146 aircraft."

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority responded on 14 March 2000 stating:

"In the lengthy period between the incident and the release of your report, CASA has investigated this issue in considerable detail, in conjunction with the aircraft manufacturer and the major Australian operators. As a result of this work, and discussions with the certifying authority (the UK Civil Aviation Authority), CASA is satisfied that the BAel46 aircraft in service in Australia are safe for public transport. CASA technical specialists are available to brief your investigators on the scope and findings of this work.

"As your recommendation does not specify the nature of any additional deficiencies that the Bureau believes need to be addressed by CASA and the aircraft manufacturers, I am seeking details of any deficiencies that you believe have not been appropriately dealt with. It would also assist us in providing a meaningful and constructive response to your recommendations if you were to provide us with details of any incidents that have occurred since the original incident in 1997.

"In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the situation and review any information that comes to hand."

The Bureau classified the response as "Open" and has initiated further correspondence with CASA. On 12 October 2000, the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee tabled its report into Safety and Cabin Air Quality in the BAe 146 Aircraft. The Government tabled its response to the References Committee's report on 28 June 2002.

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