CAA: 11 dead in 2014 aviation accidents

2014-02-20 16:51

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Pretoria – The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) says it is concerned by the recent spate of accidents in the aviation sector.

Six fatalities in six accidents have been reported in January and five people died in three accidents in February.

The SACAA says the number of fatalities was significantly higher compared to the same period in the last two years.

In addition to the 11 lives lost in 2014 thus far, 22 non-fatal, serious aircraft incidents and accidents have been reported -  12 occurred in January and 10 occurred in February.

On average, the SACCA says there are about 20 fatal aircraft accidents resulting in an average of 40 fatalities per annum.

In response to the alarming number of incidents the SACAA says it has developed the Cross-Functional Accident Reduction Plan (CFARP).

Focused on the weaknesses that cause aircraft accidents, the CFARP will be implemented over the next two years.  

SACAA’s newly appointed Director of Civil Aviation Poppy Khoza told statistics illustrate that factors related to piloting present the single most common cause of accidents.

Khoza said it was logical to ensure that a significant part of the SACAA's efforts to reduce accidents should then be directed at ‘human error’ challenges.

Data from serious incident and accident investigation reports between 2006 and 2012 indicate that pilots with fewer than 500 flying hours are responsible for most accidents and a significant part of the CFAR will be directed at examining what categories of pilots are responsible for accidents.
According to Khoza, the CFARP will focus on pilots’ knowledge, skills and attitude - as well as seek to improve pilot competency development within the training environment.

The SACAA aims to look at the entry requirements for the approval of training schools which it says appears to be wide open, since training schools in South Africa are approximately ten times the number of those in other developed countries.
This has prompted to SACAA to consider a standardised induction programme for all student pilots.

The SACAA would also seek to implement direct testing of pilots in order to determine trends concerning aviation training organisations, since the designated flight examiners do not form part of the regulatory authority.

Khoza said the SACAA would continue to be vigilant to ensure proper conduct by all training organisations and aviators.
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