17 Apr 2010

Swift reporting of air accidents urged

9:59 pm on 17 April 2010

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is urging pilots and airline operators to report air accidents as soon as possible, even if they seem to be minor.

It comes after a Transport Accident Investigation Commission report on an incident involving a Life Flight Metroliner, which skidded off the runway at New Plymouth Airport in March last year.

No one was injured but the chief commissioner, Bill Jeffries, says the aircraft operator, Air Work, took several days to inform the CAA about the incident.

By that time, data on the cockpit voice recorder had been wiped, which hampered the investigation.

An authority spokesperson, Bill Sommer, says pilots should know the law. He says the CAA will launch a campaign to inform pilots of their responsibilities.