Govt accused of secrecy over crash
Wed, 28 Nov 2012 6:39p.m.
By Adam Ray
Opposition parties have accused the Government of excessive secrecy over the investigation into the 2010 Anzac Day Iroquois crash.
A leaked report says the pilots flew in darkness from Ohakea because it was too expensive to pay for hotel rooms in Wellington the night before.
Labour defence spokesman Iain Lee-Galloway says the Government hasn't been open - although Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says he has nothing to hide, and that budget pressures were not a cause of the crash.
A court of inquiry report blamed the crash on risk-taking and training problems, and the report - leaked to The New Zealand Herald - says there were particular issues with night vision goggles.
Stevin Creeggan was the sole survivor of the four crew on board and he's now preparing legal action, alleging the air force didn't provide safe work conditions.
Mr Creeggan's case is a first for New Zealand, but there are similar cases overseas - British families are taking their army to court, saying their sons died in poorly protected vehicles.
Two more reports into the handling of the crash investigation are due before Christmas.
Mr Coleman says he hopes to release them because he wants to be transparent.
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29/11/2012 4:52:51 p.m.
actually jojo, chris is half right. there would be no formal repercussions if they had simply said 'no' to flying because they thought it was unsafe, they are the people to make the call in peacetime. however, there would be social pressure for them to do the job. it is just a case of calculated risk not paying off
29/11/2012 8:53:18 a.m.
Air Force Pilots are trained to work under these conditions, to be vigilant and alert even when fatigued, otherwise they would be no good in a war complaining they are too tired.
28/11/2012 11:48:45 p.m.
Pilots of the defence force should be able to fly in the dark. The only time they shouldnt be able to fly is when weather conditions are to much for there machines.
28/11/2012 9:15:03 p.m.
Chris, airforce pilots etc are under orders and if they disobey em....bit diff from a truck driver having a nap on the job.
I wonder about our other GOVT agencies who also have been made to "make do" with the money, budget they have to run with.
28/11/2012 7:24:10 p.m.
People need to take their own responsibility. If something is not safe then do not do it. Just like a truck driver is responsible for making sure his load is secure and that the truck is capable of taking that load then if it isnt then do not do it. therefore if it wasnt safe to fly do not fly it or ride in it
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