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Jun 9, 2009

Emirates near miss reveals problems on the ground

Brain fade or incompetency at Melbourne Airport compromised border security and passenger welfare after the Emirates accident involving flight EK407 on 20 March.

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

Brain fade or incompetency at Melbourne Airport compromised border security and passenger welfare after the Emirates accident involving flight EK407 on 20 March.

A copy of Melbourne Airport’s incident report received by Plane Talking deals with the debriefing of the full emergency response services involved that night, which comprises the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Customs Service, AirServices Australia, the Victorian Police, Ambulance Victoria, airport employees, Emirates and its handling or ground agent. The critical focus of the report is the decision to end the emergency response by standing down the parties a mere three minutes after the aircraft and its 275 passengers and crew landed after the closest brush with disaster in terms of a non fatal accident to an airliner yet to occur in Australia.

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