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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: 20 December 2016
occurrence: Loss of control
report status: Final
category: Accident: Boeing 727-2J0 (F) Adv. Aerosucre Colombia
investigating agency: Aeronáutica Civil - Colombia
download report: COL-16-40-GIA


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occurrence date: 05 January 2014
occurrence: Landing besides runway
report status: Final
category: Accident: Airbus A320-231 Air India
investigating agency: Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (India)
download report: Final report


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occurrence date: 13 April 2016
occurrence: Impact with terrain
report status: Final
category: Accident: PADC/Pilatus BN-2T Islander Sunbird Aviation
investigating agency: Accident Investigation Commission (AIC) - Papua New Guinea
download report: AIC 16-1002


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occurrence date: 03 October 2015
occurrence: Smoke in cabin
report status: Final
category: Serious incident: Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus
investigating agency: Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) - Ireland
download report: 2017-003


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occurrence date: 09 August 2013
occurrence: APU fire
report status: Final
category: Accident: Antonov 12BK Ukraine Air Alliance
investigating agency: Bundesstelle für Flugunfalluntersuchung (BFU) - Germany
download report: AX002-13


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occurrence date: 25 November 2015
occurrence: Aircraft struck by ground vehicle
report status: Final
category: Incident: Airbus A320-232 (WL) Etihad Airways
investigating agency: General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) - United Arab Emirates
download report: AIFN/0012/2015


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occurrence date: 30 June 2015
occurrence: Airprox
report status: Final
category: Serious incident: Embraer ERJ-170STD (ERJ-170-100) LOT - Polish Airlines
investigating agency: Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) - Bulgaria
download report: Final report


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occurrence date: 06 April 2016
occurrence: Engine failure
report status: Final
category: Serious incident: Antonov An-12A Cavok Air
investigating agency: National Bureau of Air Accidents Investigation of Ukraine
download report: Final report


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occurrence date: 19 August 2015
occurrence: Airprox
report status: Final
category: Serious incident: Airbus A321-211 Aeroflot - Russian Airlines
investigating agency: Agenzia Nazionale per la Sicurezza del Volo (ANSV) - Italy
download report: Final report


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occurrence date: 17 February 2014
occurrence: Tailscrape on landing, Boeing 737-800, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
report status: Final
category: Accident: Boeing 737-8K2 (WL) Jet2
investigating agency: Gabinete de Prevenção e Investigação de Acidentes com Aeronaves (GPIAA) - Portugal
download report: 02/ACCID/2014

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