Flight Accident Investigation

The investigation of accidents and serious incidents in the operation of aircraft makes an important contribution to improving air safety. For this purpose, the Federal Agency for Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU) was established by law (FlUUG) within the business area of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs.

The investigations are carried out "with the sole purpose of clarifying the causes wherever possible, with the aim of preventing future accidents and incidents" (FlUUG § 3 para. 1).

GfL has gained relevant experience in the field of aircraft accident investigation. In the context of non-public investigations corresponding expert opinions were provided. To reconstruct the course of the accident, both the records of flight data recorders (FDR) and voice recorders (CVR) as well as weather and radar data were used. Technical aspects such as the condition of the aircraft and the infrastructure as well as the procedures applied are also part of the investigations. Flight simulators are also used to reconstruct the cause of the accident.

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