Parliamentary Question: DoT: Appointment of an independent aircraft investigation council

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QUESTION NO 3198

Mr P J Groenewald (FF Plus) asked the Minister of Transport:
(1) Whether he is planning the appointment of an independent aircraft investigation council in terms of the Civil Aviation Act, Act 13 of 2009; if not, why not; if so, (a) when and (b) what are the reasons for the delay in the appointment;

(2) how many flying accidents have taken place (a) in (i) 2007, (ii) 2008 and (iii) 2009 and (b) from 1 January 2010 until the latest specified date for which information is available;
(3) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

REPLY:

The Minister of Transport:
(1) The applicable Parts of Chapter 4 of the Civil Aviation Act, 2009 (Act No 13 of 2009), which provides for the powers and functions of the Aviation Safety Investigation Board, are not yet in force. The Board of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) will only be able to function when the relevant provisions of the Act are in force and after budgetary allocations have been made for that purpose. It is envisaged that the National Treasury will make budgetary allocations for the creation of the Aviation Safety Investigation Board in the next financial year.
and (b) Fall away.
(2) (a) (i), (ii) and (iii) and (b)

The number of accidents for the last four years (updated: 03 November 2010) is as follows:

 

Total Accidents

 

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

 

Total

2007

18

13

16

18

10

17

20

15

14

8

16

19

 

184

2008

11

22

21

22

15

7

18

15

15

18

12

14

 

190

2009

7

11

11

10

16

10

11

7

6

8

17

12

 

126

2010

11

20

11

6

9

8

17

12

12

16

2

 –

 

124

 

Fatal Accidents

 

 

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

 

Total

2007

4

2

3

2

2

1

1

1

4

1

4

2

 

27

2008

3

1

3

4

1

1

1

2

5

7

4

1

 

33

2009

1

2

2

0

1

0

1

2

0

1

3

3

 

16

2010

0

2

1

2

2

0

2

3

1

0

2

 –

 

15

 

 

Fatalities

 

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

 

Total

2007

4

1

4

4

2

1

1

1

7

1

9

3

 

38

2008

7

3

6

7

1

2

1

6

30

26

4

1

 

94

2009

1

2

4

0

1

0

1

4

0

2

5

8

 

28

2010

0

3

1

2

3

0

4

7

1

0

3

 –

 

24

 



(3) Section 15 of Act No 13 of 2009 prescribes the procedure and requirements in appointing the Members of the Aviation Safety Investigation Board. This includes the requirement that Parliament must be notified of such appointment within 30 days of appointing the Members. The Minister may make an announcement once the prescribed processes for appointment of Members have reached an advanced stage.