Mofaz to Adopt Findings of Air Safety Report

Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz has adopted the conclusions of the Lapidot Report about serious oversights in flight control in Israel.

At the first discussion on the implementation of the report which was released last month, Mofaz instructed Civilian Aviation Authority chief Udi Zohar and the newly appointed director of the Airports Authority "to move ahead as quickly as possible" in putting the report's recommendations into practice.

Mofaz said that the references in the report to restructuring the administrative structure of the CAA were especially important. The Lapidot panel recommended implementing a new organizational structure and to enlist eight experts in various aviation fields.

Mofaz also stressed the clauses pertaining to the need to install new devices for navigation during landing and runway control. The minister was speaking yesterday at the Flight Safety Forum at Ben-Gurion International Airport, attended by most local executives in the flights industry.

In its report, the Lapidot public committee - headed by Major General (ret.) Amos Lapidot - said that aviation safety in Israel is in a "catastrophic state."

The final report, which was handed to Mofaz at the end of last month, points out a series of severe faults in aviation safety in Israel.