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ICAO AIG Audit Update

During the period December 6 - 10, 2021 the Bahamas Aircraft Accident Investigation Authority (AAIA) was the focus of an audit by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for compliance with the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS) of the Annexes to the Convention for Civil Aviation, Accident Investigation Group (AIG). The AAIA, due to its establishment of the authority and creation of legislation, regulations, guidance materials, procedures and processes and retention of qualified personnel found lacking during the 2017 audit, compliance scores increased from that obtained in 2017 of 13.59% to the 2021 scores of 90.29%.

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AAIA Aviation Occurrence Analysis 2016-2021

The AAIA's release of the first Occurrence Analysis Report covering multiyear analysis aims to bring aviation occurrence data to the consciousness of the industry by providing up-to-date, near real-time accident/incident analysis. As the majority of accident and incident covered in this report relates to general aviation commercial and non-commercial fixed-wing aircraft activities, focus and analysis were placed primarily on those 2 sectors. Commercial Airline occurrences, although documented, were not analyzed in-depth, due to their low numbers.

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AAIA Safety Cube  Investigation Management Database

The latest investigative tool utilized by the AAIA is the integrated Safety Cube Aviation Risk & Compliance Management software solution which provides a practical answer to the latest risk management requirements and leverages data to support safety strategy. 

The captured safety & compliance data is used to identify opportunities for reaching operational excellence, support decision making, and enhance safety.  The software also identifies and tracks weaknesses and gaps in the management system and operational processes.

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Memorandum of Understanding executed by AAIA and Aviation Industry

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was executed between the AAIA  and respective organizations in the Bahamas in accordance with international conventions and Bahamas Legislation for assistance and coordination in the investigation of aviation accidents and incidents in the Bahamas.

Organizations MOUs were executed with  includes, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, the Attorney General Office - Coroner, the Airport Rescue and Firefighting Services, the Nassau Airport Development Company, the Airport Authority, FlyTecc - Drone Services, and the Civil Aviation Authority- Bahamas.

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Occurrence under investigation

Shortly after 9:00 am this morning, the AAIA received reports of a Cessna 402 aircraft with United States registration N145TT having crashed in waters approximately 4.4 nautical miles from the Chub Cay Airport, Berry Islands, Bahamas at approximately 8:47 am (1347 UTC). 

The aircraft departed the Opa Locka Executive airport, Opa locka, Florida  at 7:52 am with 2 persons on board enroute to Chub Cay. Further reports indicate that an engine malfunction occurred that subsequently resulted in the aircraft crashing into waters. The United States Coast Guard in conjunction with the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force dispatched aerial and marine assets to conduct search and rescue and were successful in locating and retrieving the two occupants who were then airlifted to the United states to receive further medical attention. Investigations are ongoing.

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Occurrence under investigation

On 5th June 2022, at approximately 9:00am EDT (1200 UTC), a Piper PA-31 aircraft with United States registration N711JW, crashed into bushes some two (2) miles from the Deadman's Cay Airport, Long Island, Bahamas, shortly after departing the airport.

The flight was enroute to the Lynden Pindling Int'l Airport, Nassau, Bahamas with seven (7) persons on board. 

One female passenger received fatal injuries as a result of the crash sequence. The remaining six passengers received varying degrees of injuries and were subsequently airlifted, via United States Coast Guard helicopter, to New Providence, Bahamas to receive medical attention. 

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Occurrence under investigation

On April 16, 2021 at approximately 9:42pm EDT (0142 UTC), a PA-31 model, Piper Navajo aircraft, with United States registration N827RD, crashed moments after takeoff from the South Bimini Int’l Airport, Bimini, Bahamas.
The aircraft departed for the Opa Locka Airport, Opa Locka, Florida, USA. The pilot sustained serious injuries and after being seen by medical personnel in South Bimini, was flown to Nassau, Bahamas for further medical attention. The pilot’s son who occupied the right seat of the aircraft, succumbed to injuries he sustained as a result of the crash sequence and subsequent submersion in the waters at the end of the runway environment. The interim statement involving this incident was released on April 26, 2022.