Friday, November 11, 2011

Brisbane air traffic control has been accused of directing a Jetstar plane into a severe storm.

An instruction from a Brisbane air traffic controller that sent a Jetstar aircraft into a storm cell is under investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

The A320 Airbus was coming into Brisbane from Christchurch on the afternoon of October 13 when the crew received the direction.

ATSB spokesman Dan O'Malley said the investigation was in its early stages.

"We're only resourced to investigate a certain number of incidents a year so we look at those that are likely to yield a useful safety message," Mr O'Malley said.

None of the 173 passengers were injured.

Aircraft safety will again be in the spotlight next week when the Australian Airports Association Convention is held. Qantas CEA Alan Joyce will be a speaker.

http://www.couriermail.com.au

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