|22 May, 2019

UAE aviation authority opens new air accident investigation lab

Lab offers great potential for the Air Accident Investigation Sector to operate effectively and smoothly, based on data recorded by flight recorders

A general view of Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates February 15, 2019.

A general view of Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates February 15, 2019.

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UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has announced the opening of an Air Accident Investigation Laboratory in Abu Dhabi, a report said.

The new lab, established by the Air Accident Investigation Sector (AAIS) at the authority's headquarters, was inaugurated by Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, director-general of GCAA, said a report in WAM.

"The lab offers great potential for the Air Accident Investigation Sector to operate effectively and smoothly, based on data recorded by flight recorders. The laboratory covers 97 per cent of aircraft models operating in the UAE," the report cited Al Suwaidi as saying.

The airline accident investigators will be able to analyse the data of the manufacturing companies independently, and will be able to produce results related to the causes of the accident in a scientific manner based on documented data obtained by existing devices at the national level, the report said.

"The data that will be available to the investigators, after they are brought in the laboratory and analysed using the latest technology worldwide, will enable them to produce a flight simulation for the air accident that can be viewed from different angles from inside and outside the plane and on a computer screen," GCAA Director- General continued.

One of the most important advantages of the laboratory is the ability to recover data from recorders that are severely damaged due to fire, water, or impact during the aircraft accident.

As part of its strategic plans, the GCAA intends to establish a comprehensive laboratory that includes equipment for the testing and installation of metals, electronic devices and components of the aircraft, as well as an electronic imaging laboratory, as a step to advance internal and establish a distinguished Air Accident Investigation centre worldwide, the report said.

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