Meaning implied by use of conjunctive "or"

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The Civil Aviation Act 1988 20A states

 

(1) A person must not operate an aircraft being reckless as to whether the manner of operation could endanger the life of another person.

 

(2) A person must not operate an aircraft being reckless as to whether the manner of operation could endanger the person or property of another person.

 

Given part (1) addresses itself only to "another person" and not the pilot the question is what is the correct meaning of part (2).?

 

(a) endanger the (person ie the pilot) or (property of another person) or..

 

(b) endanger the (person or property) of another person

 

Is a specific rule of grammar violated by the incorrect reading?

conjunctives edited Sep 11 '13 at 00:32 Michael Bellamy New member

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It would be helpful to have the statute as written to help you with this question. 

link answered Sep 07 '13 at 19:38 Karen Kramberg New member

The Act..20A Reckless Operation of aircraft(1) A person must not operate an aircraft being reckless as to whether the manner of operation could endanger the life of another person.(2) A person must not operate an aircraft being reckless as to whether the manner of operation could endanger the person or property of another person.

Michael BellamySep 09 '13 at 01:00

The question has been edited to quote the exact wording of the act.

Michael BellamySep 11 '13 at 22:50

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