Interim Recommendation IR19980222

Interim Recommendation issued to: Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Recommendation details
Output No: IR19980222
Date issued: 23 February 1999
Safety action status:
Background: Why this Interim Recommendation was developed

Output text

The Bureau of Air Safety Investigation recommends that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority develop a regulatory requirement for passengers to wear seat belts at all times when seated.

In addition, as a result of the investigation into the above safety deficiency, the Bureau simultaneously issues interim recommendation IR980223 to all Australian airlines:

"The Bureau of Air Safety Investigation recommends that all Australian airlines introduce a company requirement for passengers to wear seat belts at all times when seated".

Initial response
Date issued: 06 April 1999
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Action status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

The subject Interim Recommendation is closely related to a previous BASI recommendation (R980239 dated 24 November 1998). This proposed that CASA investigate the feasibility of providing means of restraint against injury when passengers and crew are not restrained in seats during unexpected turbulence. As a result of this earlier recommendation, CASA has requested the Asia Pacific Cabin Safety Working Group (APCSWG) to provide input into an investigation of turbulence injuries and potential injuries in Australia and investigate means of reducing injuries. This task was accepted at the 19 March 1999 meeting of the Working Group. [name supplied] is the CASA contact with the APCSWG.

IR 980222 addresses very similar issues of injury protection from unexpected in-flight turbulence. The specific question of seat belt use while seated will be included in the APCSWG study, but a formal response from that study is not expected until September 1999. A more specific response to these two recommendations will be provided when the findings of the CSWG study are known.

Last update 01 April 2011