ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION BUREAU
ROLE OF THE AIB
The AIB is an independent body established within the Ministry and is responsible for the administrative functions with respect to investigation of accident and serious incidents in Ghana. The AIB shall perform the following functions:
a) Obtain preliminary report through its own officer or any person authorized by it.
b) Assist in setting up of the Investigative Team appointed under the Regulations.
c) Facilitate the investigation and administrative work of the Investigative Team whenever necessary.
d) Receive and process the reports of investigations submitted to the Minister following conduct of those investigations.
e) Follow-up the recommendations made by the investigative team and to ensure that the same are implemented by the concerned agencies.
f) Formulate safety recommendations on the basis of safety studies, including induction of new technology to enhance safety conducted from time to time.
g) Establish and maintain an accident and incident database to facilitate an effective analysis of information on actual or potential safety deficiencies obtained, including that from its incident reporting systems, and to determine the preventive actions required.
h) Ensure due compliance with Annex 13 to the Chicago Convention.
i) Review proposed amendments to Annex 13 by coordinating with GCAA and ensure timely notification of differences and publication of significant differences into Ghana AIP.
j) Procure all necessary administrative and documentation approvals by the Minister with respect to accident and serious incidents investigations.
k) Ensure proposed amendments to APIM are incorporated in a timely manner.
l) Manage the accident and serious incidents notifications system specified in the Accident and Prevention Investigation Manual.
m) Manage investigators training records.
n) Any other functions which the Minister may direct the Bureau to perform from time to time under these rules.
PURPOSE OF THE AIB
Pursuant to Section 25 of the Ghana Civil Aviation Act 2004 (Act 678), the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) is hereby established within the Ministry responsible for Aviation, which will be responsible for the administrative functions with respect to investigation of accident and serious incidents in Ghana.
THE AIB LEGAL OBLIGATION
The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) was established by a Ministerial Directives on 27th March, 2019 by the Minister responsible for Aviation in respect of aircraft accident and serious incidents in Ghana
The AIB shall operate under Section 25 of the Ghana Civil Aviation Act 2004 (Act 678), legal framework set out in the Aircraft Accident and Serious Incident Regulations, 2019 L.I. 2375 and the operational procedures specified in the Accident Prevention and Investigation Manual (APIM).