Australian minister to propose tougher penalties for aviation offenses (2)

12:22, June 14, 2010      

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The proposed changes to the Crimes (Aviation) Act 1991 would see the maximum penalty for hoaxes where a person makes a false threat to destroy, damage or endanger an aircraft or airport, increase from two years to 10 years imprisonment.

Damaging a major runway or air traffic control facility would carry a maximum 14 year jail term, while assaulting a pilot or endangering an aircraft in flight would carry 20 years jail.

The offenses now carry 10 and 15 years jail respectively.

Life in jail would continue to apply to offenses such as hijacking or destroying an aircraft or being so reckless on a flight as to cause death.

Three new offenses are also proposed.

They are assaulting an aircraft crew member, reckless endangerment of an aircraft, and having dangerous goods on an aircraft.

Aviation groups have been consulted in the development of the proposed new laws.
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