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The mandate of the Aircraft Accident Investigation Authority (AAIA) is to investigate aviation occurrences to identify deficiencies in the aviation system so they can be prevented from happening again. The AAIA does not assign fault, or civil or criminal liability. Instead, it aims to understand the aspects of the aviation system that led to the decisions made on the day of the aviation occurrence.
The AAIA is the Bahamas’ independent aircraft accident investigation unit reporting to the Ministry of Transport. The AAIA was officially separated from the Bahamas Civil Aviation Department on October 3rd, 2016.
The AAIA works with aviation entities, airline operators, and the regulator to ensure safe transport for the traveling public and industry. If things go wrong the AAIA steps in to see if changes need to be made to the overall system of safety. Often things go wrong in safety because we’re all human and prone to error, we know that people generally don’t intend to harm themselves or others, nevertheless mistakes do happen.
The AAIA is responsible for the investigation of such aircraft accidents and serious incidents, as well as the publication of investigation reports. The AAIA is charged with;
Maintaining its mandated independence and objectivity;
Conducting objective, accident investigations and safety studies; and
Advocating and promoting safety recommendation;
The Fundamental Objective of the AAIA is to improve aviation safety by determining the circumstances and causes of air accidents and serious incidents and making safety recommendations intended to prevent the recurrence of similar accidents in the future. It is not the purpose of this activity to apportion blame or liability.
The following documents form the basis of the AAID investigative powers and authority:
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Investigations are underway into the ocean ditching involving aircraft N14178 near the Lower Bogue Settlement, Eleuthera, Bahamas on March22, 2020. No injuries were reported to the 3 souls on board.
Investigations are underway into the no-gear landing involving aircraft C6-KMC at the Lynden Pindling Int'l Airport on October 11, 2019. No injuries were reported.
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Mandatory Safety Reporting
When contacting the AAIA to report an accident or incident,
please be ready to provide the following information if known:
Type, nationality, and registration marks of the aircraft;
Name of owner, and operator of the aircraft;
Name of the pilot-in-command;
Date and time of the accident;
Last point of departure and point of intended landing of the aircraft;
Position of the aircraft with reference to some easily defined geographical point;
Number of persons aboard, number killed, and number seriously injured;
Nature of the accident, the weather and the extent of damage to the aircraft, so far as is known;
A description of any explosives, radioactive materials, or other dangerous articles carried.
Voluntary Safety Reporting
Strengthening the Program
Voluntary safety reporting programs such as the VOLCON is an important, collaborative tool that enhance aviation safety through the analysis of voluntarily reported safety events and discrepancies that lead to the prevention of accidents and incidents.
The purpose of VOLCON is to encourage and use voluntarily reported safety information provided by frontline employees and airlines, respectively, to identify safety risks. Without these valuable safety reports, unidentified risks go unmitigated and remain within the system.
While these safety reporting programs have proven to be a significant benefit to the improved safety of our industry, “frontline” employees can also confidentially report security-related events and incident encounters.
Airline pilots and other frontline aviation employees are well suited to serve as the “eyes and ears” of the industry. They know their workplace very well, will recognize something that is out of place or suspicious because of their intimate knowledge of the aviation domain, and want to help make aviation more secure.
How to Submit a Report
Print out the form and fill in the details of the occurrence.
Fax the form to the AAIA at 242-327-2192 or email the scanned form to email@example.com
You can also send us a message by completing the below form