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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: 21 June 2016
occurrence: Personal electronic device fire in-flight
report status: Final
category: Serious incident
investigating agency: Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) - Australia
download report: AO-2016-066


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occurrence date: 21 December 2015
occurrence: Runway excursion
report status: Final
category: Accident
investigating agency: National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) - Indonesia
download report: KNKT.15.12.28.04


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occurrence date: 19 April 2014
occurrence: Collision with tug
report status: Final
category: Accident
investigating agency: Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA) - France
download report: f-lf140419.en


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occurrence date: 26 January 2016
occurrence: Go-around due to autopilot issue and subsequent elevator control problems
report status: Final
category: Serious incident
investigating agency: Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) - United Kingdom
download report: EW/C2016/01/02


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occurrence date: 03 August 2016
occurrence: Runway impact during attempted go-around
report status: Preliminary
category: Accident
investigating agency: General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) - United Arab Emirates
download report: AIFN/0008/2016


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occurrence date: 10 March 2015
occurrence: Data entry and navigational issues
report status: Final
category: Incident
investigating agency: Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) - Australia
download report: AO-2015-029


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occurrence date: 15 December 2014
occurrence: Control issues during go around
report status: Final
category: Serious incident
investigating agency: Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) - United Kingdom
download report: AAR 2/2016


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occurrence date: 07 February 2016
occurrence: Rolling into ditch
report status: Final
category: Accident
investigating agency: Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA) - France
download report: BEA2016-0077


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occurrence date: 05 April 2015
occurrence: Runway incursion
report status: Final
category: Serious incident
investigating agency: Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) - Japan
download report: AI2016-4


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occurrence date: 30 August 2013
occurrence: Loss of cabin pressure,
report status: Final
category: Incident
investigating agency: Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) - New Zealand
download report: AO-2013-008

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