Airservices Australia may not be able to keep enough staff to safely separate air traffic, but was quick off the mark to censor its new live flight tracking service the moment two light aircraft collided over Casula in SW Sydney yesterday killing two pilots in one of them.

The two people in the other aircraft were able to safely land at Bankstown Airport, which both aircraft were flying towards when they merged on the tracking screen.

AirServices was not responsible for keeping these aircraft apart while they were flying in the air space that is shared by many light aircraft on a normal day.

The censorship was tracked on the blog zhasper 2.0:

Airservices did not explain why the tracking service was censored although the actual moment when the two aircraft touched has also been archived on the Sydney Morning Herald‘s somewhat irritating revolving drawer of news videos.

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