Aviation safety issues and actions

Correlation between flight data and incident reports

Issue number: AO-2009-066-SI-02
Who it affects: Qantas Airways
Issue owner: Qantas Airways
Transport function: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2009-066
Issue release date: 18 October 2011
Current issue status: Adequately addressed

Safety issue description

There was no correlation between the results of the operator’s Flight Operational Quality Assurance and Air Safety Incident Report investigations.

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2009-066-NSA-074
Action organisation: Qantas Airways
Date: 18 October 2011
Action status: Closed
Qantas Airlines is currently reviewing its protocols relating to Flight Operational Quality Assurance and Air Safety Incident Report investigations. As part of this review, Qantas Airlines will explore if it is possible to correlate these investigations.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB notes the review by Qantas of the interaction between its FOQA and ASIR systems. Whereas the correlation by Qantas of its FOQA and ASIR investigations would address this safety issue, the residual safety risk in respect of this safety issue without that action remains as low as reasonably practicable.
Last update 25 February 2014