The Liberia Civil Aviation Authority, the Ministry of Transport, and the Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency have signed a resolution to establish an Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau in Liberia.
The signing ceremony is intended to advocate for the execution of the Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation ACT of 2019, which will ensure independent more effective operation.
The latest development comes after the conclusion of a two-day joint meeting of the Ministry of Transport, the Liberian Civil Aviation Authority, the Roberts Flight Information Region, and the Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency in Monrovia on September 16-17, 2021, according to a press release issued by the LCAA.
According to the release, the resolution was reached after extensive stakeholder negotiations involving the four parties, the Liberia Airport Authority, and others interested in Liberia’s aviation business.
The two-day discussions were led by BAGAIA’s Commissioner, Engineer Charles IrekefeErhueh, along with technical team members from the LCAA, MOT, and RFIR.
The resolution also directs the Minister of Transportation to put in place measures that will allow the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority to assist the newly established Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau in clearing outstanding fees and obligations to BAGAIA, with the Bureau’s subsequent payment of the subscription being budgeted for.
It further states that the Minister of Transport, in collaboration with the Director-General of the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority will contact the International Air Transport Association to discuss levying fees on tickets as a manner of funding the AAIB-Liberia.
The Director-General of the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority, Chief Moses Kollie, stated during the signing ceremony over the weekend, that the two-day gathering has further enhanced Liberia’s efforts to acquaint, increase cooperation, and strengthen relationships with BAGAIA, and that the establishment of the AAIB is a step forward in the right direction.