The Ethiopian Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau has been established with the following objectives:

  • Conducting independent and impartial investigation on aircraft accidents/incidents

  • Identifying root causes and contributing factors of the Accident/Incident

  • Formulating safety recommendations to prevent recurrences

  • Avoiding apportion blame and liability

The role of the Bureau is to:

  • Investigate aircraft Accident and Incidents that occurred to Civil Aircraft operation in Ethiopian airspace and publish reports on the final results in accordance with the standards of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex-13, AIB Proclamation, Regulation and Policies and procedures Manual.

  • Prevent aircraft Accidents and Incidents and improve Aviation Safety by determining the cause Safety Recommendations intended to prevent recurrence.

  • Assure all facts and circumstances leading to an accident or incident are recorded in data base and evaluated to prevent similar occurrence in the future.

  • Follow up implementation of Aviation Safety Recommendations.

Reporting of accidents and incidents

It is very essential that all aviation accidents and incidents involving civil registered aircraft which occurred in the territory of Ethiopia be notified immediately to the AIB by the following address using the quickest means available. As stated in art. 16.1 of AIB proclamation, pilots in command, owners, operators and air traffic controllers are mandatorily obliged to report the occurrence to the AIB as soon as possible. Anyone who witnesses an aviation accident or incident shall voluntarily report to the AIB or the nearby government body (police, regional administration office e.t.c ) The information in the report in the report shall include but not limited to the following:

  • Aircraft model/type and registration

  • Location of the occurrence

  • Date & time of the occurrence

  • Name of the owner /operator

  • Damage of the aircraft and other properties

  • Accessibility and nature of the accident site(access roads, weather, condition of the terrain e.t.c)

  • Extent of injuries and fatalities

  • Nature and description of the occurrence

  • Name and telephone numbers of the reporter and other related information

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