Anyone else notice a larger preponderance of flight incidents involving airliners? Aside from QANTAS' engine troubles (separate issue, but obviously off-shore maintenance is an issue worth keeping an eye on), we had the very well publicised grounding of Tiger Airways, some recent incidents involving basic CRM problems with J* and, a bit further back, some separation incidents, not including the one over the middle of the outback a little while ago.
Tempting to put the blame at inexperience on the part of pilots (J* cadets these days get their hands on the controls as FO's after around 300 hrs) but that's not the whole story as the bloke involved in both Tiger flights was a training captain, many thousands of hours experience. Some are putting the blame at the feet of CASA's 'regulation' of the airlines. Who knows? Just thought a thread would be a good place to put any relevant articles because, well, even we don't have the same influx of LCC's in this country as we've seen in SE Asia (with tragic results), worthwhile just keeping an eye on who's ending up in the news, I reckon.