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Investigating airport accidents 2009 BECA New Zealand Airports Conference Palmerston North 14 October 2009 Peter R. Williams Transport Accident Investigation.

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1 Investigating airport accidents 2009 BECA New Zealand Airports Conference Palmerston North 14 October 2009 Peter R. Williams Transport Accident Investigation Commission

2 Introduction TAIC would like: closer contact generally with airports for you to know what we expect to do to ask what we should know about you

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4 What TAIC is Transport Accident Investigation Act standing Commission of Inquiry succeeded Office of Air Accident Investigations added rail 1992, and marine in 1995 Independent Crown Entity reports to the Minister of Transport

5 Why TAIC investigates “The principal purpose of the Commission shall be to determine the circumstances and causes of accidents and incidents with a view to avoiding similar occurrences in the future, rather than to ascribe blame to any person.” TAIC Act 1990, s.4

6 When TAIC investigates circumstances have, or are likely to have, significant implications for transport safety, or Commission may make safety rec’s which may increases transport safety, or the Minister of Transport directs. includes any combination of military and non- military persons and “transport related things” (TRT) not limited to notified occurrences.

7 TAIC’s powers, and protections enter and inspect any TRT inspect, make copies, take extracts, retain any document or record prohibit or restrict access (not only at site) direct TRT be taken to a nominated place seize, detain, remove, preserve, protect, or test any place or thing extensive protection of evidence from disclosure “except for purpose of the investigation”

8 How prevalent in NZ? AKL – EK, take-off over runway works AKL – SQ, tail-scrape WLG – C172, flipped by wind WLG - V807, runway excursion CHC – C141, landing gear malfunction ZQN – ATR72, runway excursion ZQN - BAe146, runway excursion

9 Accident response 1.Rescue and fire-fighting 2.Site investigation 3.Recovery

10 Rescue and fire-fighting

11 RFS phase Video/photo record record necessary additional damage RFS awareness of investigation needs

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13 RFS phase (2) “…no person shall access, interfere with, or remove, an aircraft or its contents that is involved in an accident…” except for: saving life; protecting from further damage deactivating recorders or ELT prevent obstruction to public or air navigation

14 RFS phase (3) But once TAIC investigating it may: “… prohibit or restrict access of persons or classes of persons to the site of any accident or incident or to any TRT involved …”

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17 Site investigation

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19 Site investigation (2) control:Police, then TAIC security:protect ourselves and evidence survey: examine and record victims: don’t rush to remove debris: gather paper etc.

20 Site investigation (3) resources of wider community, incl. Civil Defence use of airport vehicle? on-airport office space? airport grid diagrams media policy

21 Recovery

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24 hazardous phase still under TAIC control investigator to be present minimise further damage what’s underneath?

25 Help us help you call us early video/photo collect wind- blown protect evidence don’t move unless essential keep us informed

26 Info requested by TAIC your emergency contact roles/names/numbers/ s copy of grid map locations of your incident control room and assembly point(s) advance advice of exercises

27 What do you want from TAIC ? Peter Williams Peter Northcote

28 Summary closer contact increased understanding of TAIC’s expected activities on site better appreciate mutual needs

29 Investigating airport accidents 2009 BECA New Zealand Airports Conference Palmerston North 14 October 2009 Peter R. Williams Transport Accident Investigation Commission


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