Aviation safety issues and actions

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
Transport function: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2008-053
Issue release date: 22 November 2010
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

Changed procedures should address the communications issue noted.

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 number: AO-2008-053-NSA-092
Action organisation: Qantas Airways
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 comment:

Last update 04 February 2014