EXCLUSIVE | Aviation watchdog warns of increase in 'incidents', plane crashes in SA

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There has been a lot of focus on the SACAA itself and safety and maintenance in SA's airline sector recently.
There has been a lot of focus on the SACAA itself and safety and maintenance in SA's airline sector recently.
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The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) is growing increasingly concerned about the number of air safety incidents and accidents in the country.

Its investigation division has reported 161 accidents in the 2021/22 financial year in the general aviation sector (which includes all civil aviation aircraft operations, but excludes commercial transport and airlines). This is a 66% increase compared to the previous financial year.

In addition, its Accident and Incident Investigation Division (AIID) has found that serious incidents in the airline sector leading to landings at unplanned destinations, are increasing. An incident is something that affects or could affect the safety of an aircraft.

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