The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urges countries to provide comprehensive and timely reporting on public incidents

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urges countries to provide comprehensive and timely reporting on public incidents

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IATA urges countries to submit complete, public and timely accident reports (pdf)

IATA urges countries to submit comprehensive and public reports in a timely manner (pdf)

IATA urges countries to submit comprehensive and timely accident reports (pdf)

Istanbul The International Air Transport Association called on governments to fulfill their obligations under long-standing international treaties to publish comprehensive and timely reports on aviation accidents. Safety is aviation’s top priority.

Failure to publish prompt and complete accident investigation reports deprives operators, equipment manufacturers, regulators, infrastructure providers and other relevant stakeholders of critical information that could make aviation safer.

“The accident investigation process is one of our most important learning tools when building global safety standards. We recognize that air accidents cannot be serious, but to learn from any accident, we need to Complete, accessible and timely reporting.”

The requirements of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention) Annex 13 are clear. States responsible for investigating the incident must:

  • Submit an initial report to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) within 30 days of the accident
  • Publish the final report, which is publicly available, as soon as possible and within 12 months of the incident.
  • Publish interim data annually if the final report cannot be issued within 12 months.

Only 96 out of 214 accident investigations during the period 2018-2022 complied with the requirements of the Chicago Convention. Only 31 reports were published in less than one year after the accident, and most (58 reports) took between one and three years. In addition to the fact that final reports usually take more than a year, interim data often provide little more than what was presented in the initial report.

“Over the past five years, less than half of required incident reports have met standards for accuracy and timeliness. This is an unjustified violation of the requirements clearly set forth in the Chicago Convention. As an industry, we must speak up to governments in defense of the incident investigation process set forth in Annex 13. We count on ICAO to remind States that publishing a full incident report is not optional, but rather an obligation under Annex 13 of the Chicago Convention, Walsh said.

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