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Air Accident Investigation

Main Function

The AAIS is mandated to investigate air accidents and incidents occurring in the territory of the United Arab Emirates, and to participate in the investigation of accidents and incidents conducted by other States where a UAE-registered aircraft has been involved.

About the Sector

The official foundation of the AAIS took place in October 2011. The AAIS is the sole body in the United Arab Emirates mandated to investigate air accidents and incidents in accordance with the Civil Aviation Law No. 20 of 1991 and the Air Accident and Incident Investigation Regulations, and in conformance with Annex 13 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. The AAIS issues Final Reports containing safety recommendations.

Before October 2011, several investigations were conducted by the GCAA and the corresponding Final Reports were published. All available safety-related data and information that was collected as a result of accident and incident investigation in the United Arab Emirates has been preserved in an AAIS database.

Investigation Objectives

The objective of an AAIS investigation is to enhance aviation safety by determining the causes and contributing factors related to air accidents or incidents, and to issue safety recommendations to prevent reoccurrence. It is not the purpose of the investigation activity to apportion blame or liability.

Investigations are conducted in accordance with UAE Civil Aviation Law No. 20 of 1991, in compliance with the Air Accident and Incident Investigation Regulation (AAIR), and in conformity with Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation.

AAIS Structure

The AAIS is a sector within the GCAA and is headed by Assistant Director General (ADG).

The AAIS structure comprises of three business units: the Air Accident Investigation Department (AAID) that conducts investigations and safety studies; the Quality, Standards, and Publications Unit (QSPU) that assures quality of reports and drafts regulations and publications; and the Accident Prevention and Safety Recommendations Unit (APSRU) that prepares periodic safety and risk assessment reports in addition to following up the implementation of safety recommendations.

Inquiries e-mail: aai@gcaa.gov.ae.

24 Hour Hotline

Strictly for Air Accident and Incidents Notifications Only

+971 50 641 4667





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