| Rokiah Mahmud |
IN ITS efforts to continually improve aviation safety, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) of Brunei Darussalam is conducting a three-day ‘Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation’ workshop from December 8 to 10.
The opening ceremony for the workshop, which is jointly organised by the DCA and the Air Accident and Investigation Bureau of Singapore, was held yesterday at the Ministry of Communications.
The workshop is aimed to help participants understand the underlying causes of aviation accidents and incidents, to improve safety and prevent future occurrences and to comprehend the international protocols in aircraft accidents and incident investigation as per the Standards and Recommended Practices laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in Annex13.
The guest of honour at the opening ceremony was the Acting Director of Civil Aviation, Haji Abdul Karim bin Haji Abdul Wahab.
In his speech, Haji Abdul Karim said that in the last 15 to 20 years, the aviation industry has developed rapidly.
In 2014, he added, about 800 million people travelled by aircraft and half of them are from the Asian region.
However, despite the strict regulations for safety and security in the aviation industry, air accidents still happen. And this, he said, is why people who are directly affected such as family members and friends want to know the reasons and factors causing the accidents.
“Therefore, fast and prompt actions are required to handle the situation. Any delays in investigations will only lead to people making assumptions and speculations. Speculations should be minimised, otherwise that will add to the misery of families and friends of victims.”
The acting director concluded his speech by expressing hope that the workshop will serve as a medium for participants to understand the cause, factors and reasons for the accidents, follow the procedures and protocol on how the investigations are to be done and aware and understand how the investigations are carried out.
The workshop is attended by some 30 participants and will cover ICAO Annex 13 Standards and Recommend Practices in aircraft accidents and incidents investigation, investigation training, techniques involved in conducting investigation as well as protection against hazards at accidents sites among others.
The workshop will also fulfil a part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Civil Aviation Cooperation that was signed on November 27, 2014 by the Minister of Communications, Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar and the Minister of Transportation of Singapore, Lui Tuck Yew.