News and Events
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 90.20%.
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.
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.
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.
Occurrence under investigation
On 1st June 2023, the Aircraft Accident Investigation Authority (AAIA) received notification from the Bahamas Air Navigation Services Authority (Air Traffic Control) that a single engine Piper PA-32 aircraft with United States registration N3790W was ditched into waters 20 miles northwest of the San Andros Airport (MYAN), Andros, Bahamas with five (5) persons on board.
The aircraft departed San Andros Airport and was enroute to the Palm Beach International Airport (KPBI), Palm Beach, Florida when the pilot encountered issues and attempted to return to Andros. Both the US Coast Guard and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force dispatched vessels to the scene and all occupants were successfully rescued.
Occurrence under investigation
June 9 2023 - The Aircraft Accident Investigation Authority (AAIA) is currently investigating the occurrence involving a Piper PA32R aircraft with United States registration N9253M that did not arrive to its intended destination of Stella Maris Airport (MYLS), Long Island, Bahamas. Contact was lost with Air Traffic Control while enroute.
The United States Coast Guard along with the Royal Bahamas Defense Force and Royal Bahamas Police Force coordinated efforts in search and rescue for the aircraft. Both the pilot and the aircraft remain missing.