If you get hit by a truck, you can claim compensation. But if you are injured and mentally scarred in a plane crash, tough cookies.
There's plenty to worry about when it comes to crash investigation in Australia's aviation industry -- not that you'd know it from the minister's interest in the subject.
A Pel-Air jet crashed into the sea near Norfolk island with six people aboard. The subsequent investigation revealed rank incompetence on the part of the aviation authorities.
What do we take away from Four Corners? That the performances of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau constitute a threat to public safety, says Ben Sandilands.
The CASA investigation into the Pel-Air incident last year has been shrouded in secrecy, despite the regulator indefinitely suspending the pilot licence of the captain who flew the Westwind jet.
It seems that every time the senior management of Pel-Air open their mouths in public they take on more water, says Ben Sandilands.
The pilot of the Pel-Air Westwind that crashed off Norfolk Island on Wednesday apparently took off with inadequate fuel supplies. He, and his airline, must be prosecuted.
Jet crashes are rare in Australia, but one happened last night at Norfolk Island and no-one in the media noticed. All six people on board the CareFlight medical evacuation jet have survived