Position on Accident Investigation Regulation

The European Cockpit Association (ECA), representing over 38.600 pilots from across Europe, and the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA), representing 50.000 air traffic controllers from across the globe, welcome the initiative to revise Directive 94/56/EC by proposing a new comprehensive Regulation on Accident Investigations. Both organisations have been asking for a revision for many years, to obtain a legislative framework that fully enshrines the concept of “just culture” which is crucial to ensure the safe development of air transport.

ECA and IFATCA welcome in particular the proposed creation of a ‘Network’ of accident investigation authorities, the ability of individual authorities to request and obtain assistance from other Member States’ authorities, the stricter rules on safety recommendations and the legal format of a Regulation.

However, they are concerned about a number of serious shortcomings in the proposed Regulation, such as the lack of sufficient unambiguous protection from prosecution or discrepancies with ICAO Annex 13, and therefore suggest a number of concrete amendments and invite Council and Parliament to take them into consideration.


See ECA Position Paper: Accident Investigation Regulation