The United Kingdom’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is an independent part of the Department for Transport and is responsible for the investigation of civil aircraft accidents and serious incidents within the UK. It also assists in the investigation of military accidents on request and civil aircraft accidents overseas where there is a UK interest. The Chief Inspector of Air Accidents reports directly to the Secretary of State for Transport on safety matters.
Authority for the AAIB to investigate accidents originates from the Civil Aviation Act: The Civil Aviation (Investigation of Air Accidents and Incidents) Regulations 1996.
The fundamental purpose of investigating accidents and incidents is to determine the circumstances and causes of the accident with a view to the preservation of life and the avoidance of accidents in the future, it is not to apportion blame or liability.
The total annual budget for the AAIB for 2006-07 is £8,108,000.
The headcount for the AAIB for the years 2001-2006 is as follows:
Headcount Whole time equivalent 2001 47 46.5 2002 47 46.5 2003 47 47.5 2004 57 49.5 2005 57 53 2006 57 54.5
Whole time equivalent
No armed forces personnel from the UK or overseas were employed by the AAIB in the last five years.