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JetStar Close Call At Hamilton Island Today  
User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3777 times:

Just saw on Sky News Oz reports of a JetStar 717 on takeoff from YHMI experiencing a dangerously close call with an unspecified QANTAS aircraft. Apparently the Jetstar pilot had to put the 717 into a very steep right hand turn to avoid the other plane.

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User currently offlineMiami1 From Australia, joined Feb 2001, 706 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3716 times:

Pax on the news saying that it was terrifying... Yet no one mentioned it to the cabin crew!!! I know one of the FAs. He said not a single pax said a thing. Not one! He said they thought it was odd the pax didn't mention it. Strange that when approached by the media they get all upset and said they were petrified! Crew were debriefed. Two FAs required counselling.

Other aircraft was a Qantas 737 entering the circuit to land. No exact distances confirmed yet. But my friend described it as "very" close and the turn was quite dramatic. He is definately keen not to experience such a manouvre again!

User currently offlineThai744 From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3699 times:
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Passengers also said that no announcement was made to explain the incident on board either! A bit slack in my opinion!

User currently offlineMiami1 From Australia, joined Feb 2001, 706 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3572 times:

Why bring it up if no one seemed concerned by it?

User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3507 times:

Well it was an "incident" and a serious one at that so i think they were right to bring it up. If these 2 planes did indeed get to within a few metres of each other then this was a very serious incident and needs to be fully investigated. On the other hand if they are exaggerating the distance then i guess they are just trying to get a news story.

User currently offlineLauda777 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3422 times:

Jetstar is now copping it in the news about this incident how its all their fault bla bla bla, I hate it when they blame the airlines for incidents like this coz it's 99% air traffic controls fault, having said that fingers shouldn't be pointed before the exact cause is found out.
At the same time Jetstar was criticised today for employing 5 people to load and unload 3 planes while Qantas and Virgin employ 6 per aircraft, the JQ staff are forced to work 19 hour shifts in "sweatshop" conditions and someone hurt themselves the other day after they fell from an aircraft.

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User currently offlineAs739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6294 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3359 times:

5-6 people working a flight? You call that sweat shop conditions? Our contractor here at SFO has 3 people per flight on a 737-400/-700/and -900's. We have 30-36 min. turns and do just fine. I don't think 5-6 guy are need on a 737 or 717.


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User currently offlineMiami1 From Australia, joined Feb 2001, 706 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3330 times:

The baggage handlers are from Express Ground Handling - a QF company. They are NOT JQ employees nor does JQ have a say in how many of them are employed. They just pay EGH for the service provided, as set in the contract. EGH sets staffing levels. And for your information these employees are paid the same as their counterparts on the QF ramp and receive QF staff benefits. Don't believe everything in the media.

Lauda777 -
It could be the fault of either crew OR the air traffic control. Don't go pointing fingers.

I think QF would have a hard time explaining if it was the 737s fault (pure speculation) and not JQs. How would QF Media Relations explain that I wonder?!

User currently offlineB727-200 From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1051 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3306 times:

I think Jetstar are going through a bit of tall poppy lopping at the moment. I think we should see the CASA report before making comment....

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