Tuesday, 14 August 2012 12:18

Inquest hears seatbelts needed in adventure planes

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Skydive sxcSkyhawkAn aviation expert says it should be compulsory to wear seatbelts in skydive planes.

The inquest into the fatal Fox Glacier plane crash has resumed in Greymouth.  Nine people were killed when the skydive plane crashed soon after take-off, in 2010.

An earlier report said two major causes of the crash were overloading and the plane being off balance.

Former pilot and flight instructor, Barry Payne, says the fact seatbelts don't have to be worn means there is a propensity for passengers' weight to shift - when moving about or due to sudden plane movement.  He suggests seatbelt regulations need to be implemented, which would help prevent a sudden shift in weight balance.

- Newstalk ZB/ RBG News