Aviation safety issues and actions

Emergency oxygen mask and smoke goggles training

Issue number: AO-2013-120-SI-01
Who it affects: All QantasLink DHC-8-315 pilots
Issue owner: QantasLink
Transport function: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2013-120
Issue release date: 07 April 2017
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by QantasLink has adequately addressed the safety issue.

Safety issue description

At the time of the occurrence, the approved QantasLink training did not provide first officers with sufficient familiarity on the use of the oxygen mask and smoke goggles. This likely contributed to the crew's communication difficulties, including with air traffic control.

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2013-120-NSA-065
Action organisation: QantasLink
Date: 07 April 2017
Action status: Closed

In response to this safety issue, QantasLink produced Dash 8-400 and Dash 8-300 videos to raise flight crew awareness and familiarity with oxygen mask use and communications. These videos are included in the initial type rating and initial emergency procedures and recurrent emergency procedures training programs, as well as in support of any ‘stand-alone’ simulator lesson plan that has specific oxygen mask matrix items.

Last update 07 April 2017