Aircraft accidents: guidance for emergency services and airfield operators

How the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) investigates aircraft accident and serious incidents.


Aircraft accidents: guidance for the Police, emergency services and airfield operators

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This guidance has been prepared to assist the police, fire and other emergency services, and those involved in airfield operations and contingency planning.

It describes:

  • the role of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB)
  • AAIB’s obligation to investigate an aircraft accident or serious incident
  • AAIB’s authority
  • the legal powers of an Inspector of Air Accidents
  • AAIB inspector’s authority to impound an aircraft
  • the relationship between judicial inquiries and AAIB investigations
  • liaison between AAIB and police inquiries
  • what a reportable aircraft accident is
  • responsibilities for reporting an aircraft accident

Report an aviation accident or serious incident.

Published 31 December 2008