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Vision

Valuing and empowering our people in a zero incident, safe environment

Mission

Promoting Safety in the Aviation Industry

Values

  • Safety is our priority

  • Integrity guides our actions

  • Excellence is our goal

Mandate

The mandate of the AAID is to investigate aviation occurrences in order to identify deficiencies in the aviation system so they can be prevented from happening again. The AAID 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 Aircraft Accident Investigation Department (AAID) is the Bahamas’s independent accident investigation unit under the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation. The AAID investigates aviation accidents and incidents to find out what happened and to make recommendations so it doesn’t happen again. We don’t investigate to lay blame, but to improve safety. The AAID was officially separated from the Bahamas Civil Aviation Department on October 3rd, 2016.

The AAID works with aviation entities, airline operators and the regulator to ensure safe transport for the traveling public and industry. If things go wrong the AAID 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 AAID is responsible for the investigation of  such aircraft accidents and serious incidents, as well as the publication of investigation reports. The AAID 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 AAID is to improve aviation safety by determining the circumstances and causes of air accidents and serious incidents and making safety recommendations intended to prevent recurrence of similar accidents in 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: 

The Civil Aviation Act, 2016,

Civil Aviation (Investigation of Air Accidents and Incidents) (Amendment) Regulations, 2017; and

Annex 13 to the Convention of International Civil Aviation

 

Proposed Legislation and Regulations currently under review

Aircraft Accident Investigation Authority Act 2019; and

Aircraft Accident Investigation Authority Regulations 2019

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Investigations are underway to determine why aircraft N437GB crashed while on final to runway 14 at the Lynden Pindling Int'l Airport after the pilot advised ATC of  left engine failure. Both pilots were rescued a short time after the crash. Efforts continue to locate the aircraft with a view to recovery, depending on the depths of the water where it crashed.
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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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Investigations are underway into the runway excursion after landing involving aircraft N217PG at the Normans Cay Airport, Exuma on October 14, 2019. No injuries were reported.
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Investigations are underway into the nose gear collapse on landing involving aircraft C6-SLS from Moss Town, Exuma on July 15, 2019. No injuries were reported.
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Investigations are underway to determine why aircraft N700HL landed on the taxiway, instead of the active runway at Leonard Thompson Int'l Airport at Marsh Harbor, Abaco, Bahamas.

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Investigations are underway to determine why aircraft N8383C crashed while on final to runway 14 at the Lynden Pindling Int'l Airport after the pilot advised ATC of engine problems. The aircraft and sole occupant was never recovered.

Manx Corporte Center, #45 West Bay Street 

Nassau, N.P., Bahamas

Opposite entrance to Junkanoo Beach

What is a Reportable Occurrence?

Mandatory Safety Reporting

When contacting the AAID to report an accident or incident,

please be ready to provide the following information if known:

  1. Type, nationality, and registration marks of the aircraft;

  2. Name of owner, and operator of the aircraft;

  3. Name of the pilot-in-command;

  4. Date and time of the accident;

  5. Last point of departure and point of intended landing of the aircraft;

  6. Position of the aircraft with reference to some easily defined geographical point;

  7. Number of persons aboard, number killed, and number seriously injured;

  8. Nature of the accident, the weather and the extent of damage to the aircraft, so far as is known;

  9. 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

  1. Download the Notification of Accident / Serious Incident Form or other relevant form.

  2. Print out the form and fill in the details of the occurrence.

  3. Fax the form to the AAID at 242-327-2192 or email the scanned form to baaid@bahamas.gov.bs

  4. You can also send us a message by completing the below form