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The Hon. Anthony Albanese
Minister for Transport
GPO Box 594,
Canberra ACT 2601
again we have an inexperienced pilot [“ Edleston the Eagle”]crashing at
Moorabbin Airport, an increasingly frequent event and of grave concern
to residents living in the area.
Training flights are
not permitted at Essendon Airport but apparently it’s ok for learners
to crash in Moorabbin! [evidenced by this second recent
learner flying from Essendon to undergo training (and
crashing! ) at
Pilots of the numerous
recent crashes have been very lucky to escape death and
the Government has been very lucky that
there has not been a major disaster at Moorabbin, for which it will
surely be held responsible. Planes have crashed near
and in school grounds and only by good fortune have children
not been involved.
If the current
training regimes continue it is not a matter of IF but a
matter of WHEN
the community will be faced with a major disaster. We have repeatedly
warned the Government and the Moorabbin Airport Corporation of the
possibility of such a disaster and have been repeatedly ignored.
make matters worse you have independent documents which tell
intollerable societal risks of this situation.
As the responsible
Minister, we strongly urge you to seriously consider the safety of your
citizens and act by having flight training relocated to less densely
populated areas before we have a crash into a classroom full
of children or a busy factory or a crowded shopping precinct.
Yours Faithfully .
flamboyant entrepreneur Dr Geoffrey Edelsten's helicopter crashed on
solo flight, he looked up and thought one thing.
certainly can't be heaven," a relieved Dr Edelsten, 66, told AAP after
crash at Melbourne's Moorabbin Airport about 10.15am (AEDT) on Tuesday.
Edelsten was nursing his wounds, a cut hand and sore knee, insisting
was fine but very lucky, after the crash.
experienced fixed-wing pilot, Dr Edelsten has spent 80 hours training
helicopter licence but his first solo flight lasted less than a minute.
soon as he took off, the chopper dropped back down, tilted to the right
landed on its side as the rotor blades hit the ground and disintegrated.
fire brigade spokesman said he was lucky to be alive and it was
one was in the area to be hit by the splintering rotor.
crews doused the crippled helicopter in foam as it lay on the grass.
glad that no one was injured and sometimes mechanical things happen and
grateful to learn exactly what went wrong," Dr Edelsten told reporters
was all so quick, just taking off and it rolled over and hit the
was upside down and all I could see was broken glass above me and the
instructor pulled me out and I was fine."
purple helicopter was used as one of the many elaborate props in his
extravagant multi-million dollar wedding to 26-year-old bride Brynne
she said she was nervous about his helicopter lessons he'll be back in
as soon as he can.
enjoy it so much I think in a couple of weeks I'll be saying: 'Let's go
Ms Edelsten knows it.
be out there whether I like it or not," she told the Nine Network.
he says his next flight will probably be back with his instructor.
Ref AAP Channel 9