Latest Australian Transport Safety Bureau Stories

2011-04-14 10:40:00

A tired chief mate was responsible for a Chinese registered coal carrier ship that ran aground on the Douglas Shoal off the Queensland Coast, states the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in its investigation. The incident on April 3, 2010, left a hole in the reef about 1.8 miles long and took nine days for the ship to refloat, reports BBC News. The damage could take 20 years for the reef and its turtle breeding grounds to recover, environmental officials say. Conservationists believe...

2008-10-08 06:00:27

Text of report by News Corp-owned Australian general news daily Courier-Mail website on 8 October [by Peter Veness, Simon Jenkins and Jo Prichard] A computer glitch caused a Qantas [Airbus] jet to climb before nose-diving over Western Australia, injuring dozens of passengers [on 7 October], air safety investigators say. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) today said an "irregularity" in one of the plane's computers caused the dramatic altitude change yesterday that hurled...

2008-07-29 21:00:00

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MANILA, Philippines - Investigators found fragments that appear to bolster the theory that an oxygen tank exploded on a Qantas jet, forcing it to make a dramatic emergency landing with a car-sized hole in its fuselage, an official said today. Neville Blyth, a senior investigator from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, said a valve and other small fragments would be tested to determine if they came from the tank, which is designed to provide oxygen to...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.