Subscribe Free
in Air Transport

Saudi to set up independent air crash investigation team

Posted 25 April 2013 · Add Comment

Saudi Arabia's General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) is to set up an independent body to investigate air accidents.

The new agency will be headquartered in Jeddah and will be financially and administratively independent, according GACA. The organisation’s board agreed the move at its board meeting earlier this week.

"The new entity will be responsible for investigating plane crashes and other related accidents in general and will enjoy total freedom. The statutes for the new body and its functions, which are on par with international regulations on air accidents, are in place," said Capt. Ibrahim Al-Kesshi, director general of the Aircraft Investigation Office, in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency.

 

He added that the preparations are now under way to man the office with technical hands and provide the necessary wherewithal to conduct investigations.

 

Kesshi said that the initiative to develop and entirely independent body came from GACA Chairman Prince Fahd bin Abdullah who is keen on ensuring total safety in the civil aviation sector.

 

Kesshi also reported that the Kingdom is to participate in the international meeting in Singapore organised by ICAO. It will be the first time that Saudi has been involved in the meeting which considers air navigation between countries, border crossing operations and regulations governing air accidents. Other participants at the meeting include the United States, France and Britain.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

MEA takes world's first CAE 7000XR series A320 simulator

Middle East Airlines - Air Liban has inaugurated the world's first CAE 7000XR Series full-flight simulator (FFS) at Middle East Aviation Academy in Beirut.

Abu Dhabi Airports' chief executive Tony Douglas to step down

Abu Dhabi Airports today announces that its Chief Executive Officer Tony Douglas is stepping down to take up a new role with the UK Government as Chief Executive of Defence Equipment & Support at the UK's Ministry of Defence.

Future Borders: UAE's advanced passenger information system going live in Dubai

The UAE's Advanced Passenger Information system is going live at Dubai International Airport later this week, according to Leyla Hareb, the assistant director of strategy & international affairs at the GCAA. “This system has been

The Solar Impulse team in Abu Dhabi witness take-off

The Solar Impulse team in Abu Dhabi along with the Mission Control Center (MCC) in Monaco, have witnessed Solar Impulse take-off yesterday to reach Muscat, Oman, before crossing the Arabian Sea to Ahmedabad, India.

IDEX ends on a high as UAE orders more C-17s

The UAE armed forces decision to order two additional Boeing C-17 transporter aircraft left the organising committee of IDEX – the Abu Dhabi defence show – on a high.

Emirates chief hints at legal action against US "subsidy" critics

In a hard-hitting interview with global financial news service Reuters, Emirates Airline president, Sir Tim Clark, has called for the right of reply to the 55-page dossier prepared by three American airlines claiming unfair subsidies

Turkish Aviation Academy
See us at
AVIATION AFRICA 2015MECAS 2015Airline E&M Middle East 2015GSS ForumEBACE 2015