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Cabin procedures in event of PATR failure

Issue number: AO-2008-053-SI-01
Who it affects: Operators of passenger transport aircraft fitted with Passenger Address Tape Reproducer (PATR) or similar automatic passenger addressing systems.
Issue owner: Qantas Airways
Operation affected: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2008-053
Date: 22 November 2010

Safety issue description

The operator's cabin emergency procedures did not include specific crew actions to be carried out in the event of a PATR failure.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Qantas Airways
Action number: AO-2008-053-NSA-092
Date: 22 November 2010
Action status: Closed
The operator advised the ATSB that emergency procedures have been changed to require the flight crew to make a direct passenger address in the event of a cabin depressurisation and failure of the PATR system.

ATSB response:

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

Changed procedures should address the communications issue noted.

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Last update 04 February 2014