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Accident investigation
Last updated: 11 November 2004

When an accident occurs it is investigated by the government with jurisdiction over the area where a plane goes down. The sole objective of the investigation of an accident or incident is the prevention of accidents and incidents. It is not the purpose to apportion blame or liability.
Investigations are conducted in accordance with the international standards and recommended practices as described in ICAO Annex 13 - Aircraft accident and incident investigation.
While the initial field phase of an accident investigation can be concluded within weeks or even days, the investigators' final report and recommendations often take years to complete. The final report consist of factual information about the accident, an analysis, conclusions (probable cause) and also includes safety recommendations.

Recently issued accident investigation reports

Official accident investigation report
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occurrence date: 24 February 2015
occurrence: Abrupt maneuver
report status: SUM
category: Accident: Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster FedEx
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
download report: ERA15LA135


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occurrence date: 07 July 2016
occurrence: Wrong airport landing
report status: SUM
category: Incident: Airbus A320-211 Delta Air Lines
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
download report: DCA16IA200


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occurrence date: 13 June 2014
occurrence: Smoke in cockpit, cabin
report status: Final
category: Serious incident: ATR 72-500 (72-212A) Jet Airways
investigating agency: Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (India)
download report: Final report


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occurrence date: 15 May 2017
occurrence: Loss of control
report status: Preliminary
category: Accident: Learjet 35A A&C Big Sky Aviation LLC, opb Trans-Pacific Jets
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
download report: CEN17FA183


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occurrence date: 07 December 2016
occurrence: Taxiing collision
report status: Final
category: Accident: Boeing 737-8FE (WL) Virgin Australia Airlines
investigating agency: Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) - Australia
download report: AO-2016-167


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occurrence date: 30 January 2016
occurrence: Runway incursion
report status: Final
category: Serious incident: Embraer ERJ-190AR (ERJ-190-100 IGW) Air Canada
investigating agency: Transportation Safety Board (TSB) - Canada
download report: A16O0016


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occurrence date: 06 November 2014
occurrence: Collision with animal on takeoff
report status: Final
category: Accident: Boeing 737-86J (WL) SpiceJet
investigating agency: Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (India)
download report: Final report


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occurrence date: 14 January 2016
occurrence: Traffic management occurrence
report status: `
category: Incident: Airbus A320-232 Jetstar Airways
investigating agency: Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) - Australia
download report: AO-2016-003


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occurrence date: 14 August 2014
occurrence: Engine fire; rejected takeoff
report status: Final
category: Serious incident: ATR 72-600 (72-212A) JetKonnect (Jet Airways)
investigating agency: Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (India)
download report: Final report


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occurrence date: 29 March 2015
occurrence: Collision with terrain
report status: Final
category: Accident: Airbus A320-211 Air Canada
investigating agency: Transportation Safety Board (TSB) - Canada
download report: A15H0002

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