AWB 02-2 Issue 1 - Inadvertent operation of emergency beacon
AWB 02-2 Issue 1, 14 February 2002
Inadvertent operation of emergency beacon
All personnel working in and around aircraft.
A number of recent comments from airport operators relating to inadvertent operation of Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT's), also known as Emergency Locator Beacons (ELB's), Crash Locator Beacons (CLB's) etc. has highlighted the level of resources those airport operators employ in assisting Airservices Australia to locate the offending aircraft.
The airport operator does not have any official function in this process and does so in the interest of air safety and as a courtesy.
What is of a more significant concern is that it would appear that the incidents have happened when the aircraft were being cleaned.
Observations and recommendations
The questions that should be asked in relation to these inadvertent activation of those beacons are;
- Were the personnel working on the aircraft properly trained and briefed?
- Why were those personnel doing any form of cleaning of the panels where switches and controls are located?
CASA reminds AOC holders and operators that they are responsible to ensure that any person servicing or maintaining their aircraft has been properly trained. Training should include instruction in procedures that are to be followed if controls, switches, etc are accidentally disturbed.
In the case of the ELT's involved just resetting the switch to "OFF" was not an adequate action to reset the ELT.