Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation

  • Ruwantissa Abeyratne


It is a platitude to say that the causes of an aircraft accident or serious incident must be identified in order to prevent repeated occurrences. Article 26 of the Chicago Convention provides that, in the event of an accident to an aircraft of a contracting State occurring in the territory of another contracting State, and involving death or serious injury, or indicating serious technical defect in the aircraft or air navigation facilities, the State in which the accident occurs will institute an inquiry into the circumstances of the accident, in accordance, so far as its laws permit, with the procedure which may be recommended by ICAO. Article 26 goes on to say that the State in which the aircraft is registered shall be given the opportunity to appoint observers to be present at the inquiry and the State holding the inquiry shall communicate the report and findings in the matter to that State.


International Civil Aviation Organization Aviation Security Accident Prevention Technical Defect Incident Investigation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruwantissa Abeyratne
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  1. 1.International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)QuebecCanada

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