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Recommendation issued to: Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Recommendation details
Output No: R19980239
Date issued: 24 November 1998
Safety action status:
Background:

Output text

The Bureau of Air Safety Investigation recommends that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, in cooperation with the airlines and manufacturers, investigate the feasibility of providing means of restraint to guard against injury when passengers and crew are not restrained in seats during unexpected turbulence.

In addition, the Bureau simultaneously issues R980238, which states:

"The Bureau of Air Safety Investigation recommends that all Australian airlines' operating procedures regarding in-flight turbulence include appropriate instructions/advice to passengers and crew regarding safety precautions/actions to take when they are not restrained in seats during unexpected turbulence".

Initial response
Date issued: 22 January 1999
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Action status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

The Authority shares the Bureau's concern regarding injuries to passengers and cabin crew resulting from unexpected inflight turbulence encounters. As you are probably aware, this is an area which is the subject of studies being conducted by the FAA and NASA, the progress of which are being monitored.

In view of the activity elsewhere, it is considered inappropriate for the Authority to act unilaterally in this area. It is felt that best course of action is to raise the question of the feasibility of providing means of restraint to guard against the injury of aircraft occupants who are not restrained in seats when turbulence is encountered in the Asia Pacific Cabin Safety Working Group, this body being the most appropriate forum in our region. To this end, CASA will seek the involvement of the Working Group on this matter.

 

 
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