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Notification on the renaming of the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center

Considering the Government Ordinance no. 17 of 29 August 2018, published in the Official Gazette of Romania, Part I, no. 755 of 31 August 2018, we notify you that the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Authority (CIAS) has been renamed as the CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY INVESTIGATION AND ANALYSIS AUTHORITY (SIAA).

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PRESS RELEASE

CIAS ISSUED THE INVESTIGATION FINAL REPORT FOR THE PARAMOTOR TRIKE ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON JULY 10, 2016 IN COMANA LAKE, GIURGIU COUNTY

 

5 iulie 2018

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) completed the investigation activities for the accident occurred on July 10, 2016, in Comana lake in Giurgiu County, involving the paramotor trike registered YR-5127.

On 10.07.2016, at 17.15 LT, the paramotor tike registered YR-5127, while performing a private flight in the area of Comana locality in Giurgiu County, having two persons onboard, the pilot and one passenger, crashed from an altitude of almost 300 meters in the lake near the locality. As a consequence of this accident, the passenger died, and the pilot was seriously injured.

The cause of the accident occurrence was the paraglider’s material tearing which was due to fabric’s aging, inadequate maintenance and subjecting to a weight greater than that admitted by the manufacturer, uncorrelated to the degree of wear of the material.

Additional information as well as the safety recommendations issued by the investigation commission can be obtained by accessing the investigation Final report published here.

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PRESS RELEASE

CIVIL AVIATION ACCIDENT: A CIVIL AVIATION AIRCRAFT TYPE CESSNA 182 PERFORMED AN EMERGENCY LANDING IN THE AREA OF SINEȘTI COMMUNE IN IAȘI COUNTY

 

29 iunie 2018

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was notified on 28.06.2018, around 18:50 LT, about the occurrence of a civil aviation occurrence in the area of Sinești commune in Iași County. The occurrence involved the Cessna 182 aircraft type, registered D-ESEM, operated by a private operator.

The aircraft took-off from Debrecen International Airport in Hungary (LHDC), having as destination Iași International Airport in Romania (LRIA). During the flight, when they almost reached their destination, the pilot noticed technical problems at the aircraft and decided to perform an emergency landing on an unknown field, located between the villages Osoi and Stornești, in the area of Sinești commune in Iași County. As a result of this emergency landing, the aircraft was substantially damaged, but the two persons onboard suffered no bodily injuries.

A team of investigators from the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) went to the occurrence site and began the safety investigation activities, aiming to determine the causes of this accident.

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PRESS RELEASE

CIVIL AVIATION ACCIDENT IN BĂLENI LOCALITY, GALAȚI COUNTY, INVOLVING AN ANTONOV AN-2 AIRCRAFT

 

June 6, 2018

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) has been notified on 06.06.2018, at 14:11 LT, about a civil aviation occurrence in Băleni locality from Galați County. An Antonov AN-2 aircraft, registered YR-DAX, was involved in this occurrence.

During an avio-chemical flight, after performing a turn, the aircraft hit with the landing gear wheel the upper part of a truck body running on a county road. The aircraft crashed on the nearby field and got on fire after impact.

A team of investigators from the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) went to the accident site and started the safety investigation activities, aiming to determine the causes of this occurrence.

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PRESS RELEASE

CIVIL AVIATION OCCURRENCE ON TUZLA AERODROME IN CONSTANȚA COUNTY, INVOLVING A SMALL AIRPLANE

 

 

May 12, 2018

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was notified on 12.05.2018, at 09.55 LT, about a civil aviation occurrence on Tuzla Aerodrome (LRTZ) in Constanta County, involving a small airplane, type DA20, registered YR-SCC.

The airplane performed a school flight in runway lap with a student, in simple control. Immediately after take-off, during climbing, the pilot noticed some problems in the engine operation and chose to make an emergency landing. The airplane forcefully landed to almost 200 meters from runway 04 end.

After this occurrence, the pilot did not suffer any injury, but the nose landing gear and the airplane’s propeller were damaged. The occurrence is investigated by the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS).

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INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP: COOPERATION BETWEEN SAFETY INVESTIGATION AUTHORITIES AND JUDICIAL AUTHORITIES IN CASE OF CIVIL AVIATION ACCIDENTS & JUST CULTURE PRINCIPLES

 

 

April 3, 2018

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) has organized in Bucharest, between March 288-29, 2018, in cooperation with R.A. ROMATSA, an international workshop about the cooperation between safety investigation authorities and judicial authorities in case of civil aviation accidents, in the context of Just Culture principles.

The main objective of this event was to facilitate the exchange of experience and best practices on mutual support activities between safety investigation authorities and judicial authorities in case of civil aviation accidents, that can be deployed in order to improve civil aviation safety in Romania.

Along with the representatives of CIAS, experienced investigators in the investigation of civil aviation occurrences, the event was attended by representatives of R.A. ROMATSA and Romanian Air Traffic Controllers Association (RATCA), as well as by representatives of civil aviation safety investigation authorities in Europa (France, UK, Republic of Moldova, Serbia), a representative from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), representatives of the Prosecutor's Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, as well as of the Territorial Prosecutor's Offices attached to the Courts of Appeal in Romania, with attributions in judicial investigations in case of civil aviation occurrences.  

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Click here for more information.

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 PRESS RELEASE

CIAS ISSUED THE INVESTIGATION FINAL REPORT OF THE CIVIL AVIATION ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON AUGUST 30, 2017, IN THE AREA OF RUNC-ȘTIOL SLOPE IN MARAMUREȘ COUNTY, INVOLVING A PARAGLIDER

 

 

April 3, 2018

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) completed the investigation activities for the civil aviation accident occurred on August 30, 2017 in the area of Runc-Știol slope, Borșa locality, Maramureș County, involving an UP – Makalu3 paraglider.

On 30.08.2017, the owner of an UP – Makalu3 paraglider went to Borșa locality in Maramureș County, to perform a private flight. He took the chairlift from the bottom of Runc-Știol slope, then climbed on Știol mountain plateau, where he took off. At some point, after launching, when turning right, the paraglider pilot entered an uncontrolled evolution from which he could not go out, and violent contact with the ground could not be avoided. Following the impact with the ground, the pilot died.

The cause of the accident is the inappropriate handling of the paragliding commands when executing a turn to the right, which led to the loss of the wing bay and later to the asymmetric entry.

Additional information, as well as the investigation commission’s conclusions can be obtained by accessing the investigation Final report, published here.

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PRESS RELEASE

CIAS ISSUED THE INVESTIGATION FINAL REPORT OF THE CIVIL AVIATION ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON JULY 6, 2015, IN BÂLEA GLACIAL VALLEY, NETEDU PEAK, FĂGĂRAȘ MOUNTAINS, INVOLVING A PARAGLIDER

 

 

April 3, 2018

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) completed the investigation activities for the civil aviation accident occurred on July 6, 2015 Bâlea Glacial Valley, Netedu Peak in Făgăraș Mountains, involving an tip Icepeak 6 Cross Country paraglider.

On 06.07.2015, a group of about 25 paragliders met in the area of Paltinu Chalet - Bâlea Lake, with the intention to perform private flights to Bâlea Glacial Valley.

From the testimony of the witnesses, the paraglider pilot involved in the accident was the fourth pilot in the group to take off. The take off was performed at around 12:45 LT from the concrete platform in front of Paltinu Chalet, in the immediate vicinity of the Bâlea Lake weather station.

After the take off, the paraglider performed the paragliders’ usual trail in this area, in order to leave the Bâlea Glacial Valley, respectively by the right of the valley (in the direction of the river flow) along the eastern slope (Netedu peak), following the relief line to benefit from upward currents.

At a certain time, the pilot lost control of the paraglider and, due to the low height to the field where the special situation arose, he did not have the time to perform the necessary maneuvers to recover the veil, and the impact with the soil could not be avoided. Following the impact with the ground, the pilot died.

The probable cause of this accident is the over-reaction of the pilot to a special situation (possible asymmetric or the balance imprinted by a climb before the peak - an area with major turbulence potential) that led to rapid wounding of the wing, amid problems with the equipment flight (inadequate technical condition) and a state of fatigue.

The Investigation Commission issued the following safety recommendation to the Free Flight Association of Romania (AZLR): to promote this accident, emphasizing on flights behind the mountain sides – areas prone to turbulences and vortices, also granting increased attention to the technical state of the paraglider and to following the recommendations of the manufacturer regarding the regular technical inspections.

Additional information, as well as the investigation commission’s conclusions can be obtained by accessing the investigation Final report, published here.

 

PRESS RELEASE

CIAS ISSUED THE INVESTIGATION FINAL REPORT OF THE CIVIL AVIATION OCCURRENCE THAT TOOK PLACE ON DECEMBER 5, 2016, INVOLVING THE AIRCRAFT REGISTERED YR-7177

 

 

December 30, 2017

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) completed the investigation activities for the civil aviation serious incident occurred on December 5, 2016 on Aurel Vlaicu Bucharest Băneasa International Airport, involving the aircraft registered YR-7177.

On 05.12.2016, the pilot of Prime BS100 aircraft, registered YR-7177, scheduled and performed a private flight, with take-off at 15.46 LT from Craiova International Airport (LRCV) and landing on Aurel Vlaicu Bucharest Băneasa International Airport (LRBS) at 16.34 LT. The flight went normally, landing was made on runway 25, but immediately after touchdown the pilot realized that he landed having the landing gear retracted. As main damage, considering landing with retracted landing gear, there were affected the propeller blade tips and laps, on the inside.

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The cause of this serious incident occurrence was the pilot’s omission of operating the landing gear control on -”DOWN” position, due to non-use of the landing checklist.

The investigation commission issued the following safety recommendation:

  • It is recommended for Blackshape S.p.A./Ital Company, as the aircraft’s manufacturer, to issue a safety bulletin through which to inform all operators of this aircraft type, equipped with this EFIS system, on the option of issuing a “Check Gear” sound alert below a set minimum speed, with retracted landing gear, as well as on how to configure the system to issue this alert, and for the new built aircraft this sound alert should be already enabled.

Additional information, as well as the investigation commission’s conclusions can be obtained by accessing the investigation Final report, published here.

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PRESS RELEASE

CIAS ISSUED THE INVESTIGATION PRELIMINARY REPORT OF THE CIVIL AVIATION ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON NOVEMBER 29, 2016, INVOLVING THE HELICOPTER REGISTERED YR-DEX

 

 

December 29, 2017

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) issued the investigation preliminary report of the civil aviation accident occurred on November 29, 2016 in the area of Borlova ski slope in the touristic complex Muntele Mic, Caraș-Severin County, involving the helicopter registered YR-DEX.

On 29.11.2017, the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was notified by phone around 15:50 LT (13:50 UTC) about an accident occurrence involving a helicopter AS 350 B3 type, registered YR-DEX, occurrence that took place in the area of Borlova ski slope, in the touristic complex Muntele Mic, Caraș Severin County.

The history of occurrence was rebuilt based on the pilot’s statement:

On 29.11.2017, the helicopter type AS 350 B3 Écureuil, registered YR-DEX, operated by Dunca Expeditions, was scheduled according to the filed and accepted flight plan, to perform a VFR flight on Caransebeș – Muntele Mic – Caransebeș route.

After a flight activity of almost 30 minutes, the helicopter landed in an unpopulated area near an inoperative chairlift installation where there were different construction materials necessary for its arrangement. After the helicopter’s stop, the pilot placed some materials in two of the three helicopter’s cargo compartments and got into the cockpit in order to take-off. After starting the engine, he put the collective pitch lever in „FLIGHT” position, when he noticed that the indication „open door” was active on the warning panel.

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In that moment, without securing the collective pitch lever and with the engine in „FLIGHT” position, the pilot got off to check the doors of the cargo compartments, starting with the one on the right side. When he reached the helicopter’s left side to check the door of the cargo compartment, the wind intensity increased, when the helicopter detached from the ground being inclined forward and to the right for approximately 20 degrees. This diagonally movement, with height gaining, resulted in the impact of the main rotor with the chairlift installation cables, at a distance of approximately 37 meters from the take-off point on heading direction and at a height of almost 5 meters above the ground.

The helicopter touched down the ground on its left side, the tail beam detaching on almost two quarters of its circumference, the helicopter’s canopy being destroyed. There were no victims after this occurrence.

Up to now, CIAS performed the following activities:

  • Investigation at the accident site, from where they took into custody the following equipment mounted on the helicopter to perform the expertise:
    • Portable GPS AvMap;
    • VEMD – Vehicle Engine Monitoring Display;
    • EECU – Engine Electronic Control Unit;
    • GNSS 430 - Global Navigation Satellite System Garmin.

Downloading this equipment is important in performing the safety investigation of this occurrence, aiming to obtain some important information in establishing the operation technical condition in which the helicopter was at the moment of the accident occurrence.

  • The helicopter’s wreckage was transported in a hangar where it was expertized in detail.

After analyzing all the documents and information gathered during the investigation, the investigation commission shall elaborate the draft final report.

According to art. 16, pct. (4) of the (EU) Regulation no.996/2010 of the European Parliament and Council on the investigation and prevention of accidents and incidents occurred in civil aviation, the draft final report shall be translated into English and it shall be submitted for points of view/observations to the involved parts.

After receiving any points of view/observations from these parts, the investigation commission shall elaborate the Final Report and publish it on CIAS website.

Additional information can be obtained by accessing the investigation Preliminary report, published here.

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PRESS RELEASE

CIAS ISSUED THE INVESTIGATION FINAL REPORT OF THE CIVIL AVIATION ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON APRIL 30, 2017, INVOLVING THE TWIN ASTIR GLIDER REGISTERED D-3954

 

December 27, 2017

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) completed the investigation activities for the civil aviation accident occurred in April 30, 2017 on Ineu flight filed in Bihor County, involving the TWIN ASTIR glider, registered D-3954.  

On 30.04.2017 on Ineu flight filed in Bihor County it was organized a recreational flight with the glider TWIN ASTIR type, registered D-3954. The glider was aligned on runway 33 threshold, prepared/positioned and anchored to the tractor winch launch TOST SW-1302 cable, in order to perform the flight activity. Onboard of the aircraft there were the pilot and one passenger in the front part of the cockpit. After completing the ground briefing and obtaining the take-off clearance from Oradea TWR, the glider tractor towing started in order to take-off. The glider rolled for take-off, accelerated, detached from the ground in a slight climbing slope, and after a few seconds the pilot no longer continued climbing because the towing tractor cable detached itself in an uncontrolled manner from the glider at a height of almost 10 m.

Sensing the lack of thrust, the pilot continued flight on take-off heading in a pretty accentuated descending slope to land on the remaining available runway. Before touchdown, the pilot pulled out the aerodynamic brakes to reduce the vertical approach speed to the ground. Touchdown was rough, near the halfway of take-off runway. After the impact, the passenger in the front cockpit, was projected with his head through the canopy due to the detachment of the safety straps in the fastener, suffering minor injuries. The aircraft was substantially damaged, the damages consisting of the landing gear breaking, front canopy breaking and fuselage cracking in the back near the stabilizer.

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The cause of this accident occurrence was the premature self-release of the tractor towing cable at a small height, immediately after the glider detached from the ground.

Favoring causes:

  • Maintaining the small slope angle made at take-off immediately after the glider detached from the ground;
  • Pulling out the aerodynamic brakes in the immediate ground vicinity.

Additional information, as well as the investigation commission’s conclusions can be obtained by accessing the investigation Final Report, published here.

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PRESS RELEASE

CIAS ISSUED THE FINAL INVESTIGATION REPORT OF THE CIVIL AVIATION OCCURRENCE FROM JULY 19, 2017, INVOLVING THE AIRCRAFT REGISTERED YR-XXA

 

December 13, 2017

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) completed the investigation activities for the civil aviation serious incident occurred on July 19, 2017, on Craiova International Airport, involving the aircraft Diamond DA42, registered YR-XXA.

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On 19.07.2017, the aircraft Diamond DA42 type, registered YR-XXA, took-off from Craiova International Airport (LRCV) in order to perform a photogrammetry mission in the area of Petroșani City. After a 4 hours flight without any incident, the pilot started the maneuvers for landing. At 10:37 LT (07:37 UTC), the aircraft landed on the same airport from where it took-off. Landing went normally and, after touchdown, the aircraft rolled approximately 300 m, when the main left landing gear tire burst, which made the aircraft to turn left. The pilot made maneuvers to maintain the aircraft on the runaway direction, but after almost another 150 m, the aircraft made a runway excursion of approximately 10 m on the grass surface near the runway.

After this serious incident, the aircraft crew suffered no injury, and the damage to aircraft was minor: burst tire of main left landing gear, impact marks on the tips of left engine propeller blades.

The cause of this serious incident is the left tire burst as a consequence of the temporary wheel blockage. The wheel blockage cause could not be determined.

Additional information, as well as the the investigation commission’s conclusions can be obtained by accessing the Final Report published here.

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PRESS RELEASE

CIAS ISSUED THE INVESTIGATION FINAL REPORT OF THE CIVIL AVIATION OCCURRENCE FROM JULY 17, 2017, INVOLVING THE AIRCRAFT REGISTERED YL-RAC

 

 

December 13, 2017

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) completed the investigation activities for the civil aviation serious incident occurred on July 17, 2017, on Timișoara “Traian Vuia” International Airport, involving the aircraft Antonov AN-26B, registered YL-RAC.

On 17.07.2017, the aircraft AN-26B, registered YL-RAC, was scheduled to perform a cargo flight with take-off from Timișoara International Airport, Romania (LRTR) having as destination Budapesta International Airport, Hungary (LHBP).

At 20:32 LT (17:32 UTC), the aircraft started taxiing from parking position to waiting position for the runway 11 in service, and at 20:35 LT (17:35 UTC), Timișoara TWR cleared the aircraft to take-off. Shortly after the aircraft started the take-off run, engine no. 2 stopped off, without any other indication of abnormal operation. The crew Captain performed maneuvers to keep the aircraft on direction, but after taxiing around 200 m from the runway 11 threshold, it turned right and exited almost 30 m on the grass surface in the runway safety lane. After this serious incident, the aircraft crew did not suffer bodily injury and no damage has occurred to the aircraft.

 The cause of this serious incident is the engine uncontrolled shutdown, as a consequence of the fuel pump regulator technical failure.

Additional information, as well as the the investigation commission’s conclusions can be obtained by accessing the Final Report published here.

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COMUNICAT DE PRESĂ

INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION DAY,
OPPORTUNITY TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF AIR TRANSPORT

 

 

December 8, 2017

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) and FricaDeZbor.ro, the first website in Romania dealing with aviation in terms of avio-phobia, along with a crew of aviation, psychology, security and law professionals, met with 35 flight-fearing passengers who had the courage to embark on an imaginary flight behind the scenes of civil aviation in Romania.

Click here for more information.

 

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PRESS RELEASE

AVIATION OCCURRENCE IN CARAS-SEVERIN COUNTY, INVOLVING A HELICOPTER

 

 

November 29, 2017

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was notified today, November 29, 2017, at 15:53 LT, about a civil aviation occurrence in the Muntele Mic area of Caras-Severin county, involving an AS 350 B3 helicopter registered YR-DEX, belonging to a private operator. There are no casualties. A team of CIAS investigators is on its way to the occurrence site.

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PRESS RELEASE

CIAS ISSUED THE INVESTIGATION FINAL REPORT OF THE CIVIL AVIATION ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON JUNE 9, 2017, INVOLVING THE AIRCRAFT CESSNA 182P, REGISTERED F-BXZI

 

 

October 24, 2017

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) completed the investigation activities for the civil aviation accident occured on June 9, 2017 on Cluj Traian Dârjan Airfield, involving the aircraft CESSNA 182P, registered F-BXZI.

On 09.06.2017, around 13.30 LT, the aircraft CESSNA 182P, registered F-BXZI, having only the pilot onboard, took-off from Strejnic-Ploiești aerodrome in a private flight to Cluj-Traian Dârjan airfield.

An ULM aircraft just landed on the same airfield and its pilot informed that only around 400 m of the runway are operational due to the work-in-progress at runway surface. This info was sent using radio frequency TWR Cluj so it was received and confirmed also by F-BXZI pilot. Subsequently, Cluj TWR repeated the information received and F-BXZI pilot confirmed that he understood the transmitted data and he will fly over the airfield.

fter this radio transmission, F-BXZI pilot did not contacted again Cluj TWR. He aligned and landed on runway 08. After touchdown, the aircraft rolled almost 150 m after which the pilot starts braking. The remaining distance did not provide sufficient space for the aircraft to stop in the airfield runway limits, so it jumped over the embankment on the runway end and over the access road, stopping in the opposite embankment.

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After the impact, the pilot suffered no injuries, and the aircraft was damaged as follows: nose landing gear - broken, both propeller blades - twisted and the engine cowling - bent on the bottom.

The cause of this accident is the landing performed towards the end of the available runway, based on an incorrect assessment of the touchdown in relation to the available runway length due to not knowing in advance the real condition of the airfield runway.

After this accident the investigation commission issues the following civil aviation safety recommendations:

  1. It is recommended to the Romanian Civil Aeronautical Authority that in scheduled safety meetings with civil aviation agents conducting general aviation operations, in accordance with the National Civil Aviation Safety Plan 2017-2021, should consider issuing a notice and/or conducting an educational campaign to emphasize the importance of flight preparation, especially when an aerodrome/airfield that has not been used is to be used.
  2. It is recommended to the Romanian Aeroclub to permanently maintain updated all the information on their website, especially those on the condition and availability of the airfields/aerodromes they administrate.

Additional information, as well as the conclusions of the investigation commission can be viewed in the investigation Final Report, published on the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center's website, published here.

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PRESS RELEASE

CIAS ISSUED THE PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION REPORT OF THE AVIATION OCCURRENCE THAT TOOK PLACE ON JUNE 5 2017, ON CHIȘINĂU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, INVOLVING THE AIRCRAFT ATR 42-500, REGISTERED YR-ATB

 

 

October 23, 2017

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) issued the investigation preliminary report of the aviation occurrence that took place on June 4, 2017, on Chișinău International Airport (KIV) in the Republic of Moldova, involving the ATR42-500 aircraft, registered YR-ATB, operated by TAROM.

On 04.06.2017, the ATR 42-500 aircraft, registered YR-ATB, operated by the air company TAROM, having the flight indicative ROT207B, was planned to perform a flight on Bucharest-Chișinău route. The flight en route went normally, without any events. The landing approach flight also went without any events.

After landing on runway 08 of Chișinău International Airport (KIV), the aircraft did not maintain the landing direction, exiting on its right side, then rolling on the grass for almost 90 m. The crew tried to return to the runway concrete surface by using the aircraft control surfaces (steer and ailerons) and by applying a different thrust of the engines (left engine in „ground idle” position and right engine in „flight idle” position).

When the aircraft returned to the runway concrete surface, it hit with the main landing gear wheels the concrete support of a signal light situated on the runway edge. The aircraft performed an accentuated turn to the left, crossed the runway on diagonal and exited on the opposite side (runway left side) from the re-entry area, stopping with the landing gear on the grass surface on the edge.

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According to the crew statements, after landing, they did not use the control system of the nose wheel orientation. After this occurrence there were no victims, the passengers leaving the aircraft normally by using the aircraft access stairs.

Following a delegation agreement concluded on June 6, 2017 between the Ministry of Transports and Roads Infrastructure in the Republic of Mondova and the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) in Romania, based on the provisions of the Annex 13 ICAO, the safety investigation activities for this occurrence were taken-over by CIAS.

CIAS notified, through the usual communication channels, the following organizations: ICAO, the European Commission, EASA and the Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses pour la securite de l’aviation civile – BEA France. As the representative of the manufacturing state, BEA France appointed an accredited representative.

After analyzing all the documents and information gathered during the investigation, the investigation commission shall elaborate the Final Report draft. According to art. 16, pt. (4) of the Regulation (EU) no. 996/2010 of the European Parliament and Council on the investigation and prevention of accident s and incidents occurred in civil aviation, the Final Report draft shall be translated into English and shall be submitted to EASA and BEA, for comments/observations. After receiving any comments/observations from the accredited representative, the investigation commission shall elaborate the Final Report and publish it on CIAS website (www.cias.gov.ro).

The investigation preliminary report can be accessed here.

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PRESS RELEASE

CIVIL AVIATION OCCURRENCE IN THE AREA OF VINȚU DE SUS LOCALITY, ALBA COUNTY

 

 

October 21, 2017

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) has been notified on October 21, 2017, at 14:28 LT, about a civil aviation occurrence that took place in the area of Vințu de Sus locality in Alba County, involving a small aircraft of Fly Synthesis Storch type, registered YR-5277.

On board the aircraft was only the pilot, who performed a forced landing. As a result of this occurrence, the pilot was taken over by an emergency unit to receive medical care.

CIAS started the safety investigation activities in order to determine the causes of this occurrence.

UPDATE: The investigation team of CIAS, that went on the occurrence site, found that the aircraft involved had no registration marks on the fuselage.

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PRESS RELEASE

CIAS ISSUED THE CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY REPORT IN ROMANIA FOR THE FIRST SEMESTER OF 2017

October 5, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) issued the Biannual civil aviation safety report (first semester/2017).

The report has the purpose of informing the public on the general level of civil aviation safety in Romania and it includes all the civil aviation occurrences that took place between January 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017 on the territory of our country (or abroad, but involving aircraft registered in Romania and, respectively having onboard Romanian citizens) and that were reported and registered in the unique database at national level (ECCAIRS), which in Romania is managed by the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS).

The report can be accessed here.

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CIAS ISSUED THE INVESTIGATION FINAL REPORT OF THE CIVIL AVIATION ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON MAY 28, 2016, INVOLVING THE AIRCRAFT TANARG 912, REGISTERED YR-5132

September 19, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) completed the investigation activities for the civil aviation accident occurred on May 28, 2016, near „Aerial Club” flight field in Vădeni, Brăila County, involving the aircraft TANARG 912, registered YR-5132.

On May 28, 2016, the motorized hang-glider, identified YR-5132, piloted by its owner, took-off from "Aerial Club" flight field in Vădeni, Brăila County, in order to perform a flying lap on the left side, at the height of 100 m.

The aircraft entered the landing direction with a speed of almost 90 km/h and a glideslope at a smaller angle than the optimal one, due to which the pilot maintained the engine revving to maintain a constant flying speed. At one point, the pilot estimated that he had the optimum height and distance for landing and he reduced the engine rpm, which led to the aircraft rapid loss of height..

The motorized hang-glider frontally hit the embankment of DJ 221 B, at a distance of approximately 100 m from the landing field threshold, and then it rolled over on the road surface, leading to the aircraft damage and serious injury of the pilot.

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Fig. 1. Position of the motorized hang-glider after the accident – Left and right lateral view of motorized hang-glider

The cause of the accident is the aircraft rapid descent on the glideslope, after reducing the engine rpm at idle. The favoring causes were the incorrect estimation of height and distance from the targeted point for landing, as well as the lack of experience on this aircraft type and the long interruption from flight.

The investigation commission issued the following safety recommendations:

  1. It is recommended for the Romanian Air Club that before starting the ground and inflight practical retraining courses (programs) to revalidate and renew the motorized and unmotorized ultralight aircraft pilot licenses, to make sure that the instructor under whose supervision will be performed the flights, shall check if the applicant has an appropriate valid medical certificate.
  2. It is recommended for the Ministry of Transports to complete the aviation regulation RACR-DEMO with a requirement that the organizers of Fly In aviation events, air shows, aero festivals etc. to check the validity of pilots’ documents and also of the aircraft landing and taking-off during the entire deployment period of these events.
  3. Back to the recommendation no. SR-22.ACC.2012-06-17.Festival R-40.YR-5287.PH through which CIAS recommended to RCAA to take measures on the inclusion in RACR system of a regulation on the organization of some aviation events regardless their name (air meeting, aerial show, fly-in) through which to impose some minimum requirements on the safety means that should be ensured and we repeate this recommendation to RCAA.

Additional information, as well as the conclusions of the investigation commission can be viewed in the investigation Final Report, published on the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center's website: click here.

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CIAS ISSUED THE INVESTIGATION FINAL REPORT OF THE CIVIL AVIATION ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON AUGUST 23, 2014, INVOLVING THE AIRCRAFT IKARUS C22, REGISTERED YR-5071

September 19, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) completed the investigation activities for the civil aviation accident occurred on August 23, 2014, in the area of Copalnic Mănăștur locality, Maramureș County, involving the aircraft IKARUS C22, registered YR-5071.

On August 23, 2014, the ultralight aircraft IKARUS C22 type, identified YR-5071, performed private flights consisting of flying laps around the airfield in the proximity of Copalnic-Mănăștur village, Maramureș County.

During the last flight of the day, with take-off at around 18:15 LT, while on the glideslope, the aircraft entered in a strong dive, had a recovery gaining height, after which it followed a new pronounced dive till the rough contact with the ground. After the ground impact, the aircraft was totally destroyed, the pilot died, and the passenger suffered multiple injuries requiring hospitalization.

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Fig. 1. The aircraft position after the accident

The probable cause of this accident is the elevator loss of control due to the detachment of attaching bolt from the rear end of the control transmission rod to the elevator with elevator pushrod, causing the loss of control in flight.

The investigation commission issued the following safety recommendations:

  1. It is recommended to the aircraft manufacturer, COMCO IKARUS GmbH, to amend the operation and maintenance manual of this aircraft type on the mandatory replacement of the attaching bolts safety rings from different aircraft components each time these bolts are removed or to issue an informative bulletin in this respect.
  2. It is recommended to the Romanian Aeroclub, as certifying authority, to complete the legislation in force so that, when issuing an identification certificate accompanied by its annex, the aircraft shall be technically checked, including in flight.
  3. It is recommended to the Romanian Aeroclub, as certifying authority, to grant an increased attention to the maintenance manual, which shall contain detailed indications referring to periodical maintenance.

Additional information, as well as the conclusions of the investigation commission can be viewed in the investigation Final Report, published on the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center's website: click here.

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PRESS RELEASE

RESULTS OF CIAS STUDY ON THE INDEPENDENCE OF CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY INVESTIGATION AUTHORITIES IN EUROPE

September 15, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS), the civil aviation safety investigation authority in Romania, performed between February 3 – September 12, 2017 a study on the subordination status of civil aviation safety investigation authorities in Europe.

The objective of the study was to contribute to improving the legislative framework governing the independence of civil aviation safety investigation authorities, at European level, namely the Regulation (EU) no. 996/2010 of the European Parliament and Council from October 20, 2010 on the investigation and prevention of civil aviation accidents and incidents and repealing Directive 94/56/CE.

„Considering that the Regulation (EU) no. 996/2010 is being updated, as well as the fact that both CIAS Romania and other safety investigation authorities in Europe have encountered problems related to their independence, at some points, led us to the conclusion that the independence of the SIAs is differently understood. Therefore, we decided to initiate a study on the subordination status of the European safety investigation authorities and we consider that the responses received on this occasion may substantially contribute to the improvement of the legislation regulating the independence of these authorities”, stated Nicolae STOICA.

On September 15, 2017, during the plenary meeting of ENCASIA (European Network of Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authorities) which took place in Brussels, Belgium, Mr. Nicolae STOICA, the General Director of the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) presented the results of this study.

On February 3, 2017, an online questionnaire with eight questions was submitted to the representatives of the 28 ENCASIA Member States, but also to Russia and Ukraine. The survey was open until September 12, 2017 and the results of this study are based on the complete responses collected from the representatives of safety investigation authorities in the following 24 European countries:Belgium, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

The degree of representativeness of the survey results is very high, given the number of respondents who filled in the questionnaire (80% of the respondents to whom the invitation to participate in the study was sent), as well as their position within the representing national safety investigation authorities: head of SIA, general director, director, chief inspector, chief investigator, senior investigator, special advisor to the director etc.

„According to the received responses, 62% of the respondents are currently subordinated to a particular ministry or minister with responsibilities in the field of civil aviation, but 80% of the respondents consider that the civil aviation safety investigation authorities should ideally be either subordinated to the Parliament, at national level, or to have a different kind of subordination than that of being subordinated to a ministry or minister”, mentioned Nicolae STOICA.

The results of this study show that whatever the form of subordination chosen, most of the civil aviation safety investigation authorities in the European Union, namely 80% of them, do not want to be subordinated to the same entities that lead civil aviation, at national level, and the European Commission should consider the points of view expressed by the Member States when updating the Regulation (EU) no. 996/2010.

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PRESS RELEASE

PARAGLIDER ACCIDENT IN THE AREA OF gâdinți, neamț COUNTY

September 13, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was notified on September 13, 2017, at 17:04 LT, about a civil aviation occurrence in the area of Gâdinți commune in Neamț County, involving a paraglider. After this occurrence, the paraglider skydiver died. The occurrence is investigated by CIAS, to determine its causes.

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IMPORTANT announcement

SOLVIT - SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS WITH YOUR EU RIGHTS

September 5, 2017

 

Starting with August 9, 2017, the TELVERDE SOLVIT telephone line - 0800 672 507 is available, being established at national level to support Romanian citizens and Romanian companies operating in the European Union countries and facing problems with their legal rights, due to the fact that a public authority does not comply with the European legislation.

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SOLVIT is a mechanism coordinated by the European Commission, its objective being to quickly and pragmatically address the concrete problems faced by citizens or companies in dealing with national administrations within the EU, in connection with the incorrect implementation of the rules on the single market, provided that such disputes are not the subject of judicial proceedings at national or EU level.

Areas of intervention are varied and address all issues of the internal market: coordination of social security systems, recognition of professional qualifications, vehicle registration, right of residence, taxation etc.

In addition to the objective of facilitating the exercise of rights by Romanian citizens and Romanian companies, SOLVIT also has the role of early monitoring and early warning in cases where the problem arises from a poor implementation or transposition of a European regulation.

Centrele SOLVIT își desfășoară activitatea în temeiul Recomandării Comisiei Europene din 17 septembrie 2013 referitoare la principiile care guvernează SOLVIT (C(2013) 5869 final).

For more information on SOLVIT network, such as the way it operates, the admissibility criteria of a petition or the way it is formulated, please visit the dedicated page on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http://www.mae.ro/node/19312) or visit the official website of the European Commission (http://ec.europa.eu/solvit/index_en.htm).

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PRESS RELEASE

PARAGLIDER ACCIDENT IN BORȘA AREA, MARAMUREȘ COUNTY

August 30, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was notified on September 13, 2017, at 19:23 LT, about a civil aviation occurrence in Borșa area, Maramureș County, involving a paraglider. After this occurrence, the paraglider skydiver died. The occurrence is investigated by CIAS, to determine its causes.

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PRESS RELEASE

aviation occurrence in TĂTĂRUȘI, IAȘI county

August 19, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS), as a safety investigation authority, has been notified on August 19, 2017, at 17:18 LT, about a civil aviation occurrence that took place in Tătăruși commune, Vâlcica village in Iași county, involving a small aircraft of ULM type, registered YR-5228.

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For reasons that are curently unknown, the aircraft crashed. There were two persons onboard of the aircraft, the pilot and one passenger. The pilot died, and the passenger is receiving medical care.

CIAS appointed an investigation commission, which is going to the occurrence site, to evaluate the wreckage and study the occurrence site, take samples, make the first measurements, take witnesses statements, study the aircraft, crew and flight related documentation, take the aircraft into custody and transport it to storage place and conduct the technical analysis.

During the investigation and when necessary, the investigation commission can issue safety recommendations to different authorities, to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

According to the law, investigative activities are subject to professional secrecy, given that during the investigation certain confidential or non-validated information, which is indispensable for the progress of the investigation and which can not be made public during the investigation, is being operated.

Any subsequent information that may be made public without disturbing the investigative act will be transmitted by the ICAS directly to the victims and their relatives and by the publication of the preliminary reports and the final investigation report, as appropriate, on the institution's website (www.cias.gov.ro).

In its activity, CIAS is independent of any legal, regulatory or aeronautical safety authority, air operator, civil aviation agent, and any part whose interests may conflict with the entrusted tasks.

CIAS carries out civil aviation safety investigations, independently of any other inquiry or investigation, and has no attributions in determining responsibilities or legal liability.

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PRESS RELEASE

CIAS ISSUED A PROVISIONAL STATEMENT ON THE INVESTIGATION OF the AVIATION ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON JULY 10, 2016, IN COMANA LAKE, GIURGIU COUNTY

August 10, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) issued a provisional statement on the investigation of the aviation accident occurred on July 10, 2016, in Comana Lake in Giurgiu County, involing the motorized paraglider registered YR-5127.

On July 10, 2016, the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) has been notified about a civil aviation occurrence that took place in the same day, at 17:15 LT, in Comana Lake in Giurgiu County.

Based on this notification, CIAS appointed a civil aviation safety investigation commission, that went to the accident site, in order to perform specific investigation activities with the purpose of determining the causes that led to that aviation occurrence.
As a result of the performed research and based on the information obtained up to now, the investigation commission within CIAS established that on the date of the accident occurrence, the owner of the motorized paraglider registered YR-5127 announced the Air Operations Center within the Ministry of National Defense that he would perform a private flight in the area of Comana locality, starting with 16:25 LT, at a maximum altitude of 600 meters.
The pilot along with a Russian passenger, took-off at the mentioned time by Comana airfield. During this flight, when the aircraft was above Comana Lake, a loud noise was heard, which attracted the eyes of the people on the lake shore, who said afterwards that the aircraft was flying at that time at an altitude of almost 300 meters.
Also, the testimony of the witnesses shows that the aircraft made two spirals, after which, with the narrow wing, collapsed on a vertical trajectory in Comana Lake, at around 17:15 LT.

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The witnesses of this occurrence entered the water and they brought on shore the two occupants of the aircraft, announcing to the emergency number 112 the accident occurrence. After this accident, the passenger died, and the pilot suffered serious injuries.

For additional information, please access the Provisional statement published here.

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PRESS RELEASE

STARTING 5 august 2017, THE MANDATORY REPORTING OF CIVIL AVIATION OCCURRENCES TO CIAS IS MADE ONLY IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT

August 4, 2017

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS), as the sole authority responsible for the administration of the national civil aviation reporting system (ECCAIRS) in Romania, implemented a software application, through which mandatory reporting of the civil aviation occurrences can be made online, starting 5 August 2017, in accordance with the legal requirements in force.

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Mandatory reporting of civil aviation occurrences only in an electronic system, starting 5 August 2017, is a legal requirement, according to the provisions of the Regulation (EU) no. 376/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 on the reporting, analysis and follow-up of occurrences in civil aviation and the provisions of the Romanian Civil Aviation Regulation on civil aviation occurrence reporting RACR-REAC of 20 July 2016.

On the CIAS website (www.cias.gov.ro), in “Notifications - Mandatory reporting” section, it was implememted a software application dedicated to mandatory reporting of civil aviation occurrences, by an online reporting form. This can be also accessed by scanning the QR code below:

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The mandatory reporting of civil aviation occurrences shall be carried out by the natural persons and organizations referred to in art. 4 of Regulation (EU) No. 376/2014.

Before submitting an online mandatory reporting, the rapporteur will be asked for a valid mobile phone number, on which he shall receive (within 60 seconds) by SMS with a unique password that will provide him access to the reporting form. After completing the minimum mandatory information related to the reported civil aviation occurrence, the application will send an e-mail notification to both CIAS and the rapporteur (on the e-mail address provided when completing the reporting form), notification that includes the reported information. Therefore, to complete an online reporting form, the rapporteur must have access to a mobile phone and Internet connection.

For the organizations using ECCAIRS application in their internal reporting system, the mandatory reporting of civil aviation occurrences shall be carried out, as before now, in ECCAIRS format compatible with the version used in the national reporting system, on the e-mail adress This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by completing the online reporting form on the CIAS website.

"According to legal provisions in force, mandatory reporting of civil aviation occurrences is made by the rapporteur, through the reporting system established internally by the organization to which he belongs, in conformity with the internal reporting procedures, to the internal function or structure responsible for managing the internal reporting. But, if the reporting is not made through the internal system, the rapporteurs can fulfill their reporting obligation by using the online application provided by CIAS, in maximum 72 hours from the moment they became aware of the occurrence. It should be also mentioned that in order to avoid a double reporting, it is important when the rapporteur uses the internal reporting system, not to make another notification to CIAS, whereas that civil aviation occurrence shall be further reported by the respective organization to CIAS, according to the provisions of the Regulation (EU) no. 376/2014", mentioned Nicolae STOICA, General Director of the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS).

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PRESS RELEASE

CIAS ISSUED THE INVESTIGATION FINAL REPORT OF PARACHUTING ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON AUGUST 3, 2016 IN THE AREA OF BRAȘOV-GHIMBAV ROMANIAN AIR CLUB

July 27, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) completed the investigation activities for the parachuting accident that took place on August 3, 2016, in the area of Brașov-Ghimbav ”Iosif Șilimon” Territorial Air Club, which involved the solo parachute registered with no. 441.

On August 3, 2016, at Brașov-Ghimbav ”Iosif Șilimon” Territorial Air Club a parachutist launch activity was organized on ”the aerodrome” with crew from several institutions and different aircraft.

Around 16:00 LT, an AN-2 aircraft, registered YR-PBU, took-off having onboard five parachutists belonging to the Romanian Air Club (RA) in order to perform some individual training and control jumps, from the height of 1200 meters, with parachute controlled opening.
According to witnesses’ statements, at launching alignment, the five parachutists performed the individual jump, the parachute main veils opened normally and all of them performed the ”height loss” in order to enter in ”runway lap” to land in the landing area called “pit”.
The first parachutist, equipped with a Solo 290 parachute, after performing the ”height loss”, no longer performed the left turn to the “final segment” and maintained the position with rear wind till ground impact. It occurred at a distance of almost 340 m from the landing area.
The ”Unique National Emergency System 112” was called and the victim was transported to the hospital where he soon died.
The probable cause of the accident occurrence was the parachutist ground impact with a speed from the ground of 16-20 m/s (57-72 km/h), as a result of the parachute control failure, due to reasons that could not be determined.
The investigation commission made the following civil aviation safety recommendation:

  1. It is recommended for the Romanian Air Club to train the subordinate staff on complying with the requirements for preserving evidence, according to article 13 (2) in EU Regulation no. 996/2010 of the European Parliament and Council since October 20, 2010 on the investigation and prevention of civil aviation accidents and incidents and repealing Directive 94/56/CE.

Additional information, as well as the investigation commission findings can be viewed in the investigation Final Report, published here.

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PRESS RELEASE

AVIATION OCCURRENCE ON BUCHAREST-OTOPENI "HENRI COANDĂ" INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

July 25, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was notified on July 25, 2017, at 10:51 LT, about an aviation occurrence that took place on Bucharest-Otopeni "Henri Coandă" International Airport (LROP) today, July 25, 2017, at 07:37 UTC (10:37 LT), involving a Boeing 738 aircraft, registered EI-DCR, belonging to Ryanair air company, which performed a Berlin-Bucharest flight. 

After landing on direction 26R, the aircraft exceeded the offset runway threshold and it safely stoppedon the runway concrete surface. There were no victims.

This aviation occurrence is investigated by CIAS.

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AVIATION OCCURRENCE ON CRAIOVA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

July 19, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was notified on July 19, 2017, at 10:55 LT, about an aviation occurrence that took place on Craiova International Airport, involving a Diamond 42 aircraft, registered YR-XXA.

After landing, during runway rolling, the aircraft's left hand tire broke, causing the aircraft a runway excursion of approximately 7 meters. The aircraft suffered no other damages. There are no victims.

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) will investigate this aviation occurrence, to determine its causes.

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PRESS RELEASE

AVIATION OCCURRENCE ON TIMISOARA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT "TRAIAN VUIA"

July 17,  2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was notified on July 17, 2017, at 21:07 LT, about an aviation occurrence that took place on Timisoara International Airport “Traian Vuia”, involving a cargo aircraft, AN-26 type, registered YL-RAC, belonging to RAF-Avia company.

During take-off run, after almost 100 meters, an aircraft engine failed, causing the aircraft a runway excursion to the right, of approximately 20 meters. The aircraft suffered no damages and returned to the platform. There are no victims.

A team of investigators from CIAS went to the occurrence site.

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PRESS RELEASE

SURVEY ON CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY INVESTIGATIONS

June 27, 2017

 

At the beginning of June 2017, the European Commission launched an open public consultation on civil aviation accidents investigation, elaborated as an online survey, available in German, English and French, by accessing the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/OPCRegulation996.

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This survey is addressed to the citizens and organizationswhich are interested in accidents and incidents safety investigations, other than safety investigation suthorities or aeronautical authorities, and it will remain open for a period of three months. 

The survey includes a series of questions meant to assess the citizens’ familiarity with the Regulation (EU) no. 996/2010, the image of the safety investigation authority, protection of technical and private data, informing the aviation accidents victims and their relatives, as well as the existence, namely the implementation of emergency and assistance plans.

For further information, click here

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PRESS RELEASE

AVIATION OCCURRENCE ON "HENRI COANDĂ" INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (lrop), INVOLVING A TURKISH AIRLINES AIRCRAFT

June 22, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was notified today, June 22, 2017, at 21:10 LT, about an aviation event occurred at around 21:00, on "Henri Coandă" International Airport (LROP), involving an Airbus A321-231 aircraft, registered TC-JMH, belonging toTurkish Airlines.

The aircraft made a regular flight on the Istanbul-Bucharest route. After landing, during the run, for unknown reasons, the aircraft left the runway. From the first information, the aircraft has no damage. There are no victims.
The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) will investigate the event to determine the causes of its occurrence.

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PRESS RELEASE

CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY INVESTIGATIONs: WORKSHOP ORGANIZED BY CIAS AT BUCHAREST

June 8, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center organized on June 7, 2017, at the "Aurel Vlaicu" International Airport Bucharest-Baneasa, the workshop named "Civil aviation safety investigations. Legislation, milestones and joint actions".

At its first edition, this event had as main scope to facilitate the mutual support activities between the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and analysis Center (CIAS) and the organizations with attributions and responsibilities in the aviation field in Romania that could be performed in order to improve the civil aviation safety in our country.

The event was attended by specialists of the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS), namely investigators and specialty inspectors in analysis and administration of the unique database at national level ECCAIRS, as well as persons with responsibilities in case of civil aviation occurrences from airports, air operators and aviation organizations in Romania.

The addressed topics included the general presentation of the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS), legislative issues related to safety investigations, reporting of civil aviation occurrences, phases of safety investigations, protection of sensible data, preservation of samples, as well as case studies on the topic related to investigation activities performed by the investigators within CIAS, as a result of some civil aviation occurrences that took place in our country.

“Safety is our sole objective, and the main product of CIAS are the civil aviation safety recommendations. We don’t have regulation attributions, but, in any moment of the investigation, we can issue flight safety recommendations, if, by their immediate implementation, it can be prevented the occurrence of other similar accidents or incidents. And the addresses of the safety recommendations are required to favorably respond to them”, declared Nicolae STOICA, General Director of the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS).

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Protection of sensitive safety information and independence of the safety investigation authority, namely the investigators who are part of the investigation commissions, were only a few of the topics that raised the interest of participants in the event.

“During the investigation activities to which I participated, I noticed a certain reticence of the parties involved in civil aviation occurrences in communicating some information or data to the investigation commission. But in order to clarify some aspects of the activity we perform, I point out there are clear regulations at international level, as well as provisions in the national legislation which force us to maintain confidentiality regarding the deployment of technical investigation”, mentioned Cristian TECUCEANU, Head of Investigation Service within the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS).

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Photo: Cristian TECUCEANU, Head of Investigation Service at CIAS

“We consider to be necessary amending the national legislation in order to strengthen the independence of the investigation authority, namely of the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center, as provided in ICAO Annex 13, in order to update the national legislation on protecting the information obtained within the safety investigation activities, such as, for example, the data from flight recorders onboard of the aircraft involved in aviation accidents and incidents, as well as the witnesses’ statements or of the persons involved in aviation occurrences”, added Nicolae STOICA.
Raportarea evenimentelor de aviație civilă reprezintă în continuare o temă de actualitate, ca urmare emiterii, în anul 2016, a celei de-a doua ediții a Reglementării aeronautice civile române privind raportarea evenimentelor de aviație civilă – RACR-REAC.
“CIAS is the competent authority in our country to perform the attributions related to collection, evaluation, process, analysis and storage of detailed information on reported civil aviation occurrences. CIAS also establishes and manages the unique database at national level (ECCAIRS) on the reported civil aviation occurrences. Where appropriate, we can require the civil aeronautical agents to perform and transmit, within 90 days, an internal report referring to the analysis of any reported civil aviation occurrence, because not enough/subsequent information were received”, mentioned Ștefan MARTINESCU, Head of Analysis and Safety Recommendations within the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS).

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Photo: Ștefan MARTINESCU, Head of Analysis and Safety Recommendations at CIAS

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) also ensures the quality of the data in ECCAIRS national database, as well as the protection, confidentiality and adequate usage of received information.
During the event the floor was also taken by Eugen SUCIU, Lucian IVAN and Sorin DUNĂ, investigators within the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS), who presented case studies on  the investigation activates performed for the aviation occurrence that took place on Cluj “Avram Iancu” International Airport, (January 7, 2016), which involved a Boeing 737-400 aircraft, registered YR-BAS, for the accident occurred in Tăureni commune in Târgu Mureș County (July 29, 2013), involving the Eurocopter EC 130-B4 helicopter, registered YR-BTM, as well as for the accident occurred on Măgura-Cisnădie Aerodrome (July 1, 2016), that involved the aircraft of the type Socata TB9 Tampico, registered PH-BRT.
The topics addressed during the presentations are meant to contribute to the increase and maintenance of civil aviation safety in Romania at a high level, by establishing a set of mutual support actions and pro-active communication activities to be performed in case of a civil aviation occurrence.
“We intend to organize such meeting periodically, at least once a year, because we consider that it is extremely important to facilitate the exchange of information and best practices referring to the legal framework regulating our activity, as well as to the aspects on reporting the civil aviation occurrences in our country and the steps of the investigation activities that we perform within CIAS, because in case of an aviation occurrence it is essential to have an as good as possible communication and collaboration with all the involved parts”, concluded Cristian TECUCEANU.

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UPDATE

June 7, 2017

Following a delegation agreement signed on June 6, 2017, between the Ministry of Transports and Road Infrastructure in the Republic of Moldova and the Civil Aviation safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) in Romania, according to the provisions of Annex 13 ICAO, the safety investigation activities of the aviation occurrence that took place on June 4, 2017 at Chisinau, involving the TAROM aircraft, registered YR-ATB, were taken over by CIAS.

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PRESS RELEASE

AVIATION OCCURRENCE THAT TOOK PLACE ON CHIȘINĂU AIRPORT, INVOLVIONG A ROMANIAN AIRCRAFT

June 4, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was notified today, June 4, 2017, at 18:43 LT, about an aviation occurrence that took place around 18:15 o’clock, on Chișinău International Airport (LUKK), involving a ATR 42-500 aircraft, registered YR-ATB, belonging to the National Company of Romanian Air Transport TAROM S.A.

The aircraft performed a regular flight from Bucharest-Otopeni “Henri Coandă” International Airport (LROP) to Chișinău International Airport (LUKK). After landing, during taxiing, for still unknown reasons, the aircraft made a runway excursion. From the first information, the aircraft suffered minor damage, with no victims.

Because the occurrence took place on an airport in Chișinău, it shall be investigated by the homologous of the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) in the Republic of Moldavia, to determine the causes of its occurrence. But given that this aviation occurrence, even it occurred abroad, it also involves Romania, according to the provisions of Annex 13 to the International Civil Aviation Convention on the investigation of aviation accidents and incidents, an accredited representative shall be designated from CIAS, who is the official correspondent of the investigation in charge from the state where the occurrence took place.

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PRESS RELEASE

CIAS ISSUED THE INVESTIGATION FINAL REPORT OF THE AVIATION OCCURRENCE FROM SEPTEMBER 4, 2016, INVOLVING THE AIRCRAFT CESSNA 150M, REGISTERED HA-SKF

May 31, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) completed the investigation activities for the aviation occurrence that took place on September 4, 2016 in the area of Cheriu locality in Bihor county, involving Cessna 150M aircraft, registered HA-SKF.

On September 4, 2016, around 19:20 LT, an aircraft of the type Cessna 150M, registered in Hungary as HA-SKF, took-off from Ineu flight field in Bihor county, with two persons onboard (the pilot and one passenger), to perform a private flight in the area of CTR Oradea at the altitude of 2000 ft (600 m).

After almost 30 minutes of flight, to the southeast from Oradea, near Cheriu locality, the pilot heard abnormal noises during the aircraft engine operation, as well as a decrease in its speed. He checked the other engine parameters, without noticing anomalies. While operating the gas-throttle, the pilot noticed that the speed didn’t change.

Because the engine still provided power, the pilot started a slow descent searching a field for an emergency landing whereas under the given circumstances, the flight to Ineu flight field or Oradea International Airport was no longer possible.

Shortly after that, the pilot noticed smoke in the cockpit, when he decided to perform the emergency landing. Considering the field configuration, as well as the obstacles in the area, he chose to land on an agricultural land situated in the eastern part of Cheriu locality in Bihor county.

The aircraft gently touched down the ground with the main wheels of the landing tricycle, but with the speed reduction and the nose wheel lowering, during touch down, it sank into the ground and the aircraft nosed-over.

The pilot disconnected all the contacts and along with the passenger left the aircraft in an emergency.

After the occurrence, the pilot and passenger did not suffer bodily injuries.

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The cause of the accident is the cracking of cylinder no. 4, and the favoring cause is the non-compliance with the requirements of aircraft engine maintenance schedule.

The investigation commission issued the following safety recommendation:

  1. It is recommended for the National Transport Authority - Aviation Authority in Hungary to perform an additional audit to the organization that made the reviews for this aircraft (authorizations HU.MF.0100 and HU.MG.0100), in order to check how this performs the reviews and issues the corresponding certificates following those inspections (CRS, namely Airworthiness Review Certificate).
Additional information, as well as the conclusions of the investigation commission can be viewed in the investigation Final Report, published here.

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PRESS RELEASE

AVIATION OCCURRENCE IN CLUJ COUNTY

May 23, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was notified on May 22, 2017, around 22:00 LT, about an aviation occurrence that took place at the hangar belonging to the Romanian Air Club in Cluj County.

A paraglider skydiver took-off from a hill near Dezmir Aerodrome, and in the area of the hangar belonging to the Romanian Air Club in Cluj County, the paraglider entered in an abnormal evolution, lost altitude and hit the northeast corner of the hangar. After the impact, the paraglider skydiver was transported to the hospital to receive medical care.

A team of investigators within CIAS went to the occurrence site and started the investigation activities in order to determine its causes.

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PRESS RELEASE

CIAS ISSUED THE ANNUAL SAFETY REPORT (2016)

May 5, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) issued the Annual Safety Report (2016). This report aims to inform the public on the general safety level in civil aviation in Romania and includes all the civil aviation occurrences that took place between January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016 and were reported to CIAS.

The information presented in the report is based on the records from ECCAIRS (European Coordination Center for Accident and Incident Reporting Systems), the single reporting system at national level, administred in our country by the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center.

The report can be accessed here or by scanning the following barcode:

qrcode 2016 Annual Safety Report

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PRESS RELEASE

AVIATION OCCCURENCE ON INEU AERODROME, BIHOR COUNTY

April 30, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was notified today, April 30, 2017, at 19:13 LT, about an aviation occurrence on Ineu Aerodrome in Bihor County, involving a glider registered D-3954, which performed a forced landing. There were no victims.

CIAS started the safety investigation activities, in order to determine the causes of this occurrence.

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CIAS ISSUED THE INVESTIGATION FINAL REPORT OF THE AVIATION OCCURRENCE FROM JUNE 21, 2013, INVOLVING THE AIRCRAFT FLY SYNTHESIS STORCH REGISTERED YR-5277

April 26, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) completed the investigation activities of the aviation occurrence that took place on June 21, 2013 in the area of Teleac locality in Alba County, involving the aircraft Fly Synthesis Storch, registered YR-5277.

On 21.06.2013, the owner of ultralight aircraft of the type Fly Synthesis Storch, registered YR-5277, performed private flights from a flight field in the area of Teleac locality, Alba County.

As shown by the pilot's statement, this flight activity started around 18.00 by preparing the aircraft for flight. The aircraft was supplied with 20 liters of fuel, over a quantity of almost 5-7 liters of fuel already existing in the tanks.

At 19.00, the aircraft took-off in the direction of Mureș river (magnetic head of 290⁰), performed a flight in the area of almost 20 minutes, and after that it landed on the land field, on the opposite direction of take-off. After landing, the pilot continued taxiing and he reached the flight field end, where he made a turn of 180⁰ and he put the gas-throttle in full position in order to perform a new take-off.

After take-off, while the aircraft was in climbing slope, at a height of almost 20-30 meters, the engine speed started to decrease, when the pilot decided to perform a forced landing. According to his own statement, the pilot decided to perform a turn to the left, of almost 90⁰, to avoid landing in Mureș River and to catch a grass field nearby.

The aircraft rapidly lost height, so that when exiting the turn, a flare in order to land was no longer possible, the aircraft rapidly descended, touched down the ground, which led to the breakage of the left main landing gear leg, front wheel failure, aircraft rotation to the left and its substantial damage.

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After the accident occurrence, according to the pilot’s statement, he decoupled the general contact of electric source, shutdown the fuel valves and the other contacts onboard. The pilot got out of the aircraft alone, and after the ambulance arrival he was transported to the hospital, where he received medical care.

The probable cause of the accident occurrence is the inappropriate operation of the ignition system, which was evidenced by the cracked spark plugs, as well as by the status of the three connecting heads of sheets with the plugs indicating an imperfect contact between them.

Additional information, as well as the investigation commission’s conclusions can be viewed in the investigation Final report, published here.

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CIAS ISSUED THE INVESTIGATION FINAL REPORT OF THE AVIATION OCCURRENCE FROM AUGUST 8, 2016, INVOLVING THE AIRCRAFT FLY SYNTHESIS STORCH REGISTERED YR-5009

April 26, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) completed the investigation activities of the aviation occurrence that took place on August 8, 2016 in the area of Topoloveni locality, Argeș County, involving the aircraft Fly Synthesis Storch, registered YR-5009.

On 08.08.2016 a volunteer pilot of the Romanian Air Club performed several flights on Henry Coandă Territorial Air Club in Pitești, with different aircraft types. After performing these flights, according to his own statement, the pilot transmitted to a mechanic to prepare the aircraft of the type STORCH H.S., registered YR-5009, to perform a private flight from the air club to a flight filed in the area of Topoloveni locality, Argeș County, at a flight height of 200 meters.

Around 10:25 LT, the pilot and one passenger embarked in the aircraft, the pilot started the engine and checked all parameters, including the fuel level which, according to his statement, indicated half of the total capacity, meaning almost 40 liters, enough to perform the flight.

Around 10:35 LT, the aircraft took-off from the flight field of Pitești air club to Topoloveni and after almost 10 minutes of flight, the aircraft engine had a few shutdown symptoms. The pilot search a landing field, considering that flying to the flight field from Topoloveni was uncertain in those conditions but, shortly after that, the engine shutdown and the pilot forcedly landed on a farmland cultivated with corn, at approximately 1 km SSE from Topoloveni locality.

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After landing, the pilot and the passenger left the aircraft without suffering bodily injuries.

After the ground impact, the aircraft suffered light damage: the front wheel and the left main wheel of the landing tricycle were broken and a propeller blade was also broken.

The cause of the accident was the engine shutdown due to lack of fuel, based on the pilot’s misinterpretation of the fuel level in the tanks before starting the flight.

CThe investigation commission issued the following safety recommendation:

  1. 1. It is recommended for the Romanian Air Club, as certification authority, the media coverage of this accident in order to raise awareness of the aircraft pilots in ULM class on the risk of inappropriate checking before flight of the fuel quantity in the tanks and of the flight types that can be performed with unauthorized ULM aircraft.

Additional information,as well as the investigation commission’s conclusions can be viewed in the investigation Final report published here.

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CIAS ISSUED THE FINAL INVESTIGATION REPORT OF THE AVIATION OCCURRENCE SINCE JULY 3, 2009, INVOLVING THE FESTIVAL F 40R AIRCRAFT REGISTERED YR-5147

April 14, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) completed the investigation activities for the aviation occurrence that took place on July 3, 2009 on Clinceni Aerodrome in Ilfov County, involving a Festival F 40R aircraft, registered YR-5147.

On 03.07.2009, a pilot instructor and a student-pilot performed a flight instruction on Clinceni Aerodrome, Ilfov County, required for license renewal of the student-pilot, with the Festival R 40F aircraft identified YR-5147.

The practical training consisted of two dual control flights in runway lap, at a height of 300 m, with take-off on 060⁰ direction. After those two laps, according to the flight instructor’s statements, the student-pilot performed 3-4 flights at the height of 250-300 m, in runway lap with simple command simulating “engine failure”.

At around 18:30 LT, the wind direction has changed from 290°, therefore the runway used was 24 (direction 240°).

At around 19:00 LT, with the approval of Flight Commander, YR-5147 aircraft took off from runway 24, having on board the student-pilot in simple command. At approximately 100 m in height, he announced on the radio station he was about to perform an “engine failure” simulation and reduced the engine speed to idle. According to flight instructor’s declaration, who observed the evolution of the aircraft, after reducing the engine speed, the pilot made a turn to the right in order to land in the opposite direction of the take-off. During the turn, the aircraft went into a pronounced dive, sloping with the right wing, close up of the ground. Shortly before impact, the student-pilot managed a partial recovery, but due to the low height the aircraft didn’t fully emerged from this situation and made contact with the ground. Following impact, the aircraft was completely destroyed, burst into flames and the pilot died.

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The cause of the accident was the aircraft engagement after reducing the engine speed to idle on ascent, while executing the turn to the right. Also, the favoring causes were: the low height (100 m) where the pilot simulated the “engine failure” and, respectively, the attitude of the aircraft during the engine speed reduction, which facilitated its speed reduction to near the speed of engagement.

The investigation commission issued the following safety recommendations:

  1. It is recommended to the Romanian Air Club to disseminate the information on this occurrence and to emphasize during the training organization on the importance of compliance with operation limitations imposed by aircraft manufacturers, as well as on respecting the safety rules imposed by the internal procedures.
  2. It is recommended to the Ministry of Transport to amend the legislation in force regarding RACR-LPAN ULM by introducing a training standard to which flight instructors should relate when drawing up the practical training program in flight, including the requirement that all the simulations of special cases be made with dual control, with a qualified flight instructor.

Further information, as well as and the conclusions of the safety investigation commission can be viewed in the Final report of the investigation, published here.

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AVIATION OCCURRENCE ON 09.04.2017, IN THE AREA OF FUNDULEA LOCALITY, CĂLĂRAȘI COUNTY

April 9, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was notified today, April 9, 2017, at 08:55 LT, about an aviation occurrence in the area of Fundulea locality, Călărași county, involving a motorized paraglider which fell into a nearby pond.

After being removed from the water, the pilot has been taken over by a SMURD team, in order to receive medical care. There were no other passengers in the motorized paraglider.

CIAS started the safety investigation activities, aiming to determine the causes of this occurrence.

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CIAS HAS PUBLISHED A PRACTICAL GUIDE ON SAFETY INVESTIGATIONS FOR AIR ACCIDENT VICTIMS AND THEIR RELATIVES

April 5, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) has published a practical guide on safety investigations for air accident victims and their relativrs.

This guide was elaborated by the European Network of Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authorities (ENCASIA), to which CIAS is part, for the aviation victims and their relatives, to help them understand the role and the different stages of a civil aviation safety investigation

In the guide content, there are described the main investigation stages of the accidents occurred in Europe involving commercial air transport aircraft. It also includes information regarding the legal framework governing the investigation and prevention activities of accidents and incidents occurred in civil aviation, the activities on air carrier liability in case of accidents, as well as the progress stages of a safety investigation.

"The practical guide on aviation safety addressed to the victims of aviation accidents and their relatives was elaborated within a working group at ENCASIA level, and all member states contributed to its elaboration, through the heads of safety investigation authorities“, stated Nicolae STOICA, General Director of the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center, the safety investigation authority in Romania.

For a better dissemination of information and in order to support the victims of aviation accidents and their relatives, the guide was elaborated in all the official languages of the European Union.

The guide can be accessed here.

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CIAS ISSUED THE INVESTIGATION FINAL REPORT OF THE AVIATION OCCURRENCE SINCE JUNE 16, 2016, INVOLVING THE APOLLO FOX AIRCRAFT REGISTERED YR-5160

March 15, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) completed the investigation activities for the aviation occurrence that took place on June 16, 2016 on Craiova Balta-Verde Aerodrome, Dolj County, involving the Apollo Fox aircraft, registered YR-5160.

On 16.06.2016 the owner of Apollo Fox aircraft, registered YR-5160, planned a private flight with it from Craiova Balta-Verde Aerodrome, Dolj County. He took out the aircraft from the hangar and begun to do the checking before flight. After reaching the engine ground performance, the aircraft started to roll towards the aerodrome grassy runway in order to take-off. After an almost 40 meters rolling the left main landing gear attaching screws broke and the aircraft slightly inclined on the left side till the wing touched the ground. After noticing this situation the pilot immediately shut down the engine.

The aircraft was slightly damaged having the left landing gear detached from fuselage structure, the left flapperon damaged and the left wing suspension system deformed.

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The investigation final report reveals that the serious incident occurred due to the breakage of exterior end screw of left landing gear as a fatigue consequence, based on inadequate steel and technology used for its manufacturing and on inadequate maintenance of landing gear attaching system.

The investigation commission issued the following safety recommendations:

  1. It is recommended for the Romanian Air Club that when renewing the Identification Certificate for an ULM type aircraft to check the compliance with the aircraft maintenance schedule recommended by the manufacturer;
  2. It is recommended for aircraft manufacturer HALLEY KFT to update the Maintenance Manual of Apollo Fox aircraft with detailed procedures on how to perform the scheduled recommended maintenance works, as well as the interpretation of the inspections/checking results;
  3. It is recommended for the Romanian Air Club to consider that when an ULM owner submits the Technical Documentation in order to identify an aircraft, the Maintenance Manual of that aircraft shall contain detailed instructions of performing the scheduled works.

The final report can be accessed here.

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AVIATION OCCURRENCE ON THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT "TRAIAN VUIA" FROM TIMIȘOARA

February 25, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was notified yesterday, February 24, 2017, at 22:15 LT, about an aviation occurrence on International Airport “Traian Vuia” from Timișoara, involving a cargo AN-26B aircraft, registered YL-RAD.

While running on the platform to the take-off runway, the aircraft exited the running surface. There are no injuries, and the aircraft suffered no damage.

All three crew members were verified with the ethyl-test device, resulting a blood alcohol level of 0 mg/l of pure alcohol in the exhaled air. The aircraft did not carry dangerous goods.

CIAS started the safety investigation activities, aiming to determine the causes of this occurrence.

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CIAS ISSUED THE INVESTIGATION FINAL REPORT OF THE AVIATION OCCURRENCE SINCE july 22, 2016, INVOLVING THE cessna 172n AIRCRAFT REGISTERED yr-arj

February 23, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) completed the investigation activities for the aviation occurrence that took place on July 22, 2016 near Sarinasuf locality in Tulcea County, involving the aircraft type Cessna 172N, registered YR-ARJ.

On 22.07.2016, the aircraft Cessna 172N, registered YR-ARJ, took-off from Strejnic – Ploiești aerodrome with 2 persons onboard, the pilot and one passenger, having as destination the unincorporated area near Sarinasuf locality, Tulcea County. The field on which the pilot intended to land was previously used by aircraft performing missions framed under the category of civil aviation air work operations. The en route flight went normally, and around 19:15 LT, the aircraft reached its destination. Due to the fact that the pilot did not land in this area before, he made a recognition tour, but because of the error in identifying this landing field, he landed in an area with vegetation and unevenness which led to aircraft stop and nose over in the reed of Razim lake lagoon. There were no injuries after the accident.

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The occurrence of this accident was based on the error in identifying the landing field and its condition, the field portion surface chosen for landing, decisively contributing to the aircraft stop and nose over in the lagoon.

The Final Report can be accessed here.

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CIAS ISSUED THE INVESTIGATION FINAL REPORT OF THE AVIATION OCCURRENCE SINCE OCTOBER 17, 2016, INVOLVING THE AN-26B AIRCRAFT REGISTERED EW-259TG

February 23, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) completed the investigation activities for the aviation occurrence that took place on October 17, 2016 on the parking platform of the International Airport “Traian Vuia” from Timișoara, involving an Antonov AN-26B aircraft, registered EW-259TG, which operated a cargo flight.

During September 16 – October 20, 2016, the International Airport “Traian Vuia” from Timișoara was in the process of restoring the markings on the aircraft parking platform. It was issued an aeronautical information (NOTAM A2821/16) according to which the existent platform markings were suspended, and the aircraft should have complied with the dispatcher’s signals and/or follow the FOLLOW ME car.

The aircraft registered EW-259TG used, for landing, the runway RWY11. After landing, according to the instructions received from the control tower, the aircraft followed ʺLʺ taxiway and at its intersection with the platform, it was taken-over by the FOLLOW-ME car, in order to park on the northern side of the platform. Further on, the aircraft followed the path indicated by the FOLLOW-ME car: ʺMʺ taxiway (platform midline), which it left with a right turn, the FOLLOW-ME car leading it to the north, in order to make the last turns (both to the left) for positioning itself on the destined parking place, facing south. During the first left turn, the aircraft hit with the right wing a lighting pole of the parking platform, which it knocked down, then continued rolling, without noticing the dispatcher’s emergency stop signal. The aircraft stopped when it hit the second lighting pole, which it inclined.

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The probable cause of this serious incident occurrence is the non-compliance of the aircraft crew with the safety distance from obstacles during approaching the platform margin, paying its full attention to the FOLLOW-ME car, and thus neglecting the surveillance of right wing path during the turn.

The favoring cause is the non-compliance with an optimal distance from aircraft of the dispatcher in the FOLLOW-ME car, which did not consider that even though the crew was properly informed through NOTAM on the situation of platform markings suspension, this was for the first time on Timișoara International Airport, and the arrived aircraft was limited to a relatively small angle in performing turns and thus, the car should have adapted the driving speed in such way to be permanently at a distance that would have provided the crew a clear visibility of the path indicated to follow.

The Final Report can be accessed here.

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CIAS issued the investigation final report of the aviation occurrence since july 1, 2016, involving THE Socata TB9 Tampico aircraft registered PH-BRT

February 23, 2017

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) completed the investigation activities for the aviation occurrence that took place on the 1st of July 2016 on Măgura-Cisnădie aerodrome in Sibiu County, involving the aircraft type SOCATA TB9 TAMPICO, registered PH-BRT, during the „Airfield Festival” event, where there were invited to participate many light and ultralight aircraft operators.

Due to heavy rains from the days before the festival beginning, the participants were informed by e-mail by the aerodrome administrator that on the grass runway and taxiways there are formed puddles in some places, thus the aerodrome could be used until 30.06.2016 inclusively, only by ultralight aircraft and beginning with 01.07.2016 also by other aircrafts, but on the pilots’ own responsibility.

On 01.07.2017, the aircraft registered PH-BRT, having onboard the pilot and three passengers, ran for take-off on the aerodrome 15 runway. The pilot did not manage to reach the take-off speed till the runway end, this engaging aerodynamically and crashing at 250 meters from 330 runway threshold.

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The probable cause of this accident was the incorrect assessment of aircraft performance in relation to the distance required for take-off remained after the speed loss produced by crossing the mud areas existing on the aerodrome grass runway.

The favoring cause is the confusion of take-off speeds between the two aircraft operated in the same day.

The Final Report can be accessed here.

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December 29, 2016

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) has been notified today, December 29, 2016, at 16:17 LT, about an aviation occurrence that took place on Bucharest-Paris route, involving a Boeing 737 aircraft, registered YR-BAR. Due to a depressurization, the aircraft returned to the International Airport "Henri Coandă" Bucharest-Otopeni. There are no victims.

CIAS started the safety investigation activities, in order to determine the causes of this occurrence.

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CIAS issued the investigation final report of aviation occurrence since january, 7 2016, involving a BLUE AIR aircraft registered YR-BAS

December 20, 2016

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) completed the investigation activities for the aviation occurrence that took place on January 7, 2016 on Cluj “Avram Iancu” International Airport involving a Boeing B737-430 aircraft, registered YR-BAS, operated by Blue Air – Airline Management Solutions.

The cause of the occurrence, classified as a serious incident, is a prolonged flare flight, followed by runway touchdown at a distance of almost 700 m, measured from runway 25 threshold of Cluj “Avram Iancu” International Airport.

The investigation commission also established the following favoring causes of this occurrence:

  • wind direction from 100˚ (“rear wind”), with an intensity of 5-10 kts (9-18 km/h);
  • during landing, VREF was with 11 kt higher (140 kt / 259 km/h), compared to VREF at runaway threshold (129 kt / 239 km/h) recommended by QRH (Quick Reference Handbook);
  • aircraft recover occurred at the height of 45 ft (almost 13,7 m), with 25 ft (almost 25 m) higher than the height recommended by Boeing;
  • runaway covered, in a proportion of 51-100%, with wet snow, having a possible thickness of approximately 1 cm;
  • insufficient visual sightings;
  • braking system pedals operated with an inconstant pressure.

Also, the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) issued the following safety recommendations:

  1. It is recommended for Blue Air operator to review the criteria through it is established the composition of a crew when it is about to perform a charter flight on a new or rarely used destination airport.
  2. It is recommended for Cluj “Avram Iancu” International Airport (LRCL) to recheck the operation manner of groud-to-ground communication system, in order to ensure priority in conversations for ATC Cluj TWR;
  3. It is recommended for ROMATSA and Cluj “Avram Iancu” International Airport (LRCL) to establish a common procedure aiming at the optimization of the time interval between runaway clearance by snow removal means and the moment of an aircraft landing, without affecting the flight safety.

The flight safety investigation was conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Government Ordinance No. 51/1999 concerning the technical investigation of civil aviation accidents and incidents, approved with amendments and additions by Law No. 794/2001, of the REGULATION (EU) No. 996/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council from 20 October 2010 on the investigation and prevention of accidents and incidents occurred in civil aviation and repealing of Directive 94/56/EC and the provisions of Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation signed at Chicago on 7 December 1944.

The final report can be accessed here.

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December 6, 2016

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) has been notified on December 5, 2016, around 16:40 o'clock, about an aviation occurrence that took place at approximately 16:34 LT, on Bucharest-Baneasa "Aurel Vlaicu" International Airport involving an ULM aircraft of Blackshape Prime type, registered YR-7177.

The aircraft landed on runway with pulled-up landing gear. There were no injuries. The aircraft was slightly damaged.

A team of investigators from CIAS went to the occurence site and started the investigation activities aiming to determine the causes of the event.

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PRESS RELEASE: IMPROVEMENT OF COOPERATION BETWEEN CIAS INVESTIGATORS AND PROSECUTORS WITH DUTIES IN CIVIL AVIATION OCCURRENCES INVESTIGATION

November 24, 2016

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) organized in Bucharest, between November 21-22, 2016, a meeting with the representatives of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (POHCCJ), as well as the representatives of territorial Prosecutor’s Offices attached to the Courts of Appeal, with duties in judicial investigation of civil aviation occurrences, due to the Cooperation protocol on civil aviation investigations coordination, signed on December 19, 2013 between the representatives of CIAS and POHCCJ.

The main objective of this event was to facilitate the mutual support activities between CIAS and POHCCJ, that can be performed in order to improve civil aviation safety in Romania, mainly the activities performed onsite of civil aviation occurrences, if from the accident result human fatalities, namely preservation of accident site till the arrival of investigators team from CIAS, but also the subsequent activities on storage and technical investigation of wreckage.

During the meeting, it was debated the legal framework governing the civil aviation occurrences in Romania and there were presented case studies on collaboration in this field of activity, aiming to find the best solutions to help the improvement of civil aviation safety in Romania.

Following the discussions at this meeting, it was concluded that it would be appropriate to form a permanent working group at the level of CIAS investigators and prosecutors assigned to investigate the civil aviation accidents and incidents, so as to establish the collaboration directions and competence limits between these institutions, complying with the EU Regulation no. 996/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council since October 20, 2010 on the investigation and prevention of accidents and incidents occurred in civil aviation and repealing of Directive 94/56/EC.

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CIAS organized in bucharest an international workshop dedicated to civil aviation investigators

November 3, 2016

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) organized during November 1-2,  2016 an international workshop dedicated to civil aviation investigators in Europe. The event was held in Bucharest and gathered investigators and representatives of civil aviation safety investigation authorities in  Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, United Kingdom, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Slovenia and Ukraine.

nicolae stoicaInvestigations in extreme conditions and special situations encountered during the investigations activities were the main topics of debate during the event.

“This is an extremely important event, both institutionally and for civil aviation safety at European level. It is also an excellent opportunity to discuss and share know-how, best practices and experiences encountered during investigation activities following accidents occurred in extreme conditions”, said Mr. Nicolae STOICA (photo on the right), general director of the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) in Romania.

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“Any accident investigation has its common  hazards, not least due to the factors that investigators face when dealing with grief, fatigue, and the pressure to determine the causes of accidents. The investigators may also experience at the accident site hazards that are highly individual in nature and which may generate significant risks for the investigation team”, added Mr. Dominique VERDONI (photo on the left), investigator and special advisor of the general director within the Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation Civile (BEA) from France.

During the event, Mr. Lucian IVAN and Mr. Eugen SUCIU, investigators within the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) have also presented the extreme conditions they encountered during safety investigation activities following the aviation accident occurred on September 29, 2013 Tăureni lake, Mureș County, involving the helicopter registered YR-BTM, as well as the aviation accident occurred on January 20, 2014 in Apuseni Mountains, near Horea village, Alba County, involving the aircraft registered YR-BNP.

The topics discussed during the presentations were meant to increase and maintain a high level of aviation safety.

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October 17, 2016

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was notified today, October 2016, at approximately 18:00 o'clock, about an aviation occurrence on the International Airport "Traian Vuia" Timișoara, in which was involved a Cargo AN-26 aircraft, registered EW-259TG.

During rolling on the parking position, the aircraft hit two poles located near the parking platform. There are no victims.

A team of investigators from CIAS went to the accident site.

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October 15, 2016

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was notified on October 15, 2016 at approximately 11:15 o’clock, about the occurrence of an aviation accident between Luncani and Luna localities in Cluj County,  in which a skydiver was involved.

A team of investigators from CIAS went to the accident site and initiated the safety investigation activities, with the purpose of determining the causes of this aviation occurrence.

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October 14, 2016

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was notified on October 14, 2016 at approximately 17:10 o’clock, about the occurrence, at almost 17:00 of an aviation incident on Bucharest-Otopeni “Henri Coandă” International Airport, which involved an aircraft of the type SAAB 340, registered ES-LSA, belonging to Aerotrans Cargo operator.

The aircraft performed a cargo transport and during rolling on parking position, it slightly touched with the right wing one of the platform lighting poles. Onboard it was only the crew, consisting of two members who did not suffer from the incident.

A team of investigators from CIAS went to the incident site and initiated the safety investigation activities, with the purpose of determining the causes of this aviation occurrence.

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October 14, 2016

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was notified on October 13, 2016 around 23:00 o’clock, about the occurrence, at almost 21:20 o’clock, of an aviation incident on Bucharest-Otopeni “Henri Coandă” International Airport, which involved an aircraft of the type ATR72-500, registered YR-ATI, belonging to TAROM airline.

The aircraft with 38 persons onboard, along with 4 crew members, was about to perform an internal flight Bucharest-Iasi, but the Captain interrupted take off due to strong vibrations at the nose landing gear leg and decided to return to parking position.

A team of investigators from CIAS went to the incident site and initiated the safety investigation activities, with the purpose of determining the causes of this aviation occurrence.

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CIAS AND BEA HAVE SIGNED A COOPERATION PROTOCOL IN THE FIELD OF INVESTIGATION AND PREVENTION OF ACCIDENTS IN CIVIL AVIATION

September 11, 2016

 

On September 7, 2016, the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) from Romania and the Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la sécurité de l’aviation civile (BEA) from France have signed a Declaration of intent on cooperation and assistance in the field of civil aircraft accident and incident investigation.

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Nicolae STOICA, General Director of CIAS and Rémi JOUTY, Director of BEA

CIAS and BEA will cooperate in aircraft accident and incident investigation, investigation training and sharing of information and expertise, consistent with the Standards and Recommended Practices of Annex 13 of the Chicago Convention and Regulation (EU) no. 996/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 October 2010..

During their visit to the BEA headquarters in Le Bourget, France, the representatives of CIAS visited the laboratory of BEA, used for reading and analyzing the information from flight data recorders on-board of aircrafts involved in aviation accidents. Also, they conducted a series of activities in order to plan a regular exchange of knowledge and information with the representatives of BEA, in the following areas:

  • civil aviation accidents or incidents in which CIAS or BEA has a particular interest;
  • organization, methods and techniques involved in conducting civil aviation safety investigations;
  • communication: publication of studies and reports, communication with the families of the victims involved in aircraft accidents, and the media representatives.

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Rémi JOUTY, Director of BEA and Nicolae STOICA, General Director of CIAS

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Almost one thousand „bird strike” aviation occurrences reported to CIAS, from the beginning of 2010

September 2, 2016

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) presents the situation of „bird strike” aviation occurrences that took place on the territory of Romania, between January 1, 2010 and August 31, 2016.

In the analyzed period there were reported 982 „bird strike” occurrences, these registering a significant increase between 2013 and 2014, as it can be observed from the following diagram:

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*For 2016, the statistics refer to occurrences registered up to August 31 (inclusive)

Given the increased incidence of „bird strike” occurrences in our country, especially in the last years, we wish to draw again a warning signal about the risk of this type of occurrences which may endanger passenger safety.

Click here to see the full version of the report related to the situation of „bird strike” occurrences in civil aviation between January 1, 2010 and August 31, 2016, reported to CIAS.

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August 3, 2016

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center was notified today, August 3, 2016, around 16.25 o’clock, about an aviation occurrence, in the area of Ghimbav aerodrome, Brașov County, in which it was involved a skydiver.

On landing the skydiver had a rough contact with the ground and it was necessary the intervention of ambulance service.

An investigation team from CIAS goes to the accident site.

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July 2, 2016

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center was notified today, July 2, 2016, around 12.30 o’clock, about an aviation occurrence on the radius of Perşani locality, Brașov County.

A small aircraft, with the registration marks I-7967, crashed and caught fire. There were two persons in the aircraft, one of them died by carbonization and the other one suffered burns all over the body.

An investigation team from CIAS goes to the accident site.

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CIAS and IAC have signed a Memorandum of understanding in the field of investigation and prevention of accidents in civil aviation

June 23, 2016

On June 17, 2016, the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) and the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) have signed a Memorandum of understanding in the field of investigation and prevention of accidents in civil aviation.

During their visit to the IAC headquarters in Moscow, the representatives of CIAS (Nicolae Stoica – General Director and Cristian Tecuceanu - Chief of Investigation Department) conducted a series of activities, as part of the investigation works regarding the accident occurred on April 26, 2012 near Ostrov, in Tulcea County (Romania) with the Ka-32A helicopter, registered ER-KGD.

CIAS and IAC expressed their satisfaction with the achieved agreement and hope for the further cooperation in order to increase flight safety of civil aviation of both parties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Nicolae Stoica (General Director, CIAS) and Aleksey Morozov (Vice-Chairman and Chairman of Air Accident Investigation Commission, IAC)

 

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 Nicolae Stoica (General Director, CIAS) and Cristian Tecuceanu (Chief of Investigation Department, CIAS)

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ON 23.08.2013 THE PILOT OF THE AICRAFT ZLIN-142 TYPE, REGISTERED YR-ZCC, BELONGING TO THE ROMANIAN AIR CLUB, MADE AN EMERGENCY LANDING

June 14, 2016

 

On 23.08.2013 the pilot of the aircraft ZLIN 142 type, registered YR-ZCC, belonging to the Romanian Air Club, while performing training flights (runway laps) in the area of Cinceni Aerodrome, noticed a loud noise in the front part of the aircraft and he immediately identified a real engine failure and decided to make an emergency landing.
The cause of the accident is the breakage of piston no. 6 rod, as a result of the improper assembly of one of the two locking snap rings of the piston bolt during the last major engine repair.
The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center, as investigation authority of civil aviation occurrences, issued this Final Report.

 

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ON 25TH OF SEPTEMBER 2007, THE AIRCRAFT DIAMOND DA42 TYPE, REGISTERED OE-FCD, BELONGING TO DIAMOND AIRCRAFT INDUSTRIES GMBH CRASHED

 

June 6, 2016

On 25th of September 2007, the aircraft Diamond DA42 type, registered OE-FCD, belonging to Diamond Aircraft Industries GmBH, which was performing scanning flights of the ground surface crashed in a wooded mountain area, in the area of Valea Oltețului.

The investigation commission within the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center established the following causes that led to the accident occurrence:

  1. 1.Determinant cause:
  • The probable cause of the accident occurrence is the inability to control the aircraft attitude with belly pod scanning system configuration, on a flight with one inoperative engine.
  1. 2.Favoring causes:
  • right engine stop due to the failure of the propeller pitch regulating valve (PPRV);
  • stopped engine propeller pitch moving from feather position;
  • flaps actuation without the aircraft being stabilized after exiting the turn and in limit speed conditions;
  • aircraft weight over the maximum admitted limit;
  • center of gravity behind the rear limit provided by the manufacturer;
  • performing the scanning mission in a mountainous area, below the quotas level of the surrounding mountains.

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center, as investigation authority of civil aviation occurrences, issued this Final Report.

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Coperta Raport anual de siguranta pentru 2015

ON THE 1ST OF JUNE 2016, CIAS ISSUED THE ANNUAL CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY REPORT FOR 2015

 June 1, 2016

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) issued the Annual civil aviation Safety Report for 2015. It aims to inform the public on the general safety level in civil aviation in Romania and it includes al civil aviation occurrences that took place between the 1st of January 2015 – 31st of December 2015.
The report can be accessed here or by scanning the following barcode:

Raport Anual 2015

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INTERIM STATEMENT ON THE AVIATION OCCURRENCE THAT TOOK PLACE ON “AVRAM IANCU” INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ON THE 07TH OF JANUARY 2016, INVOLVING THE AIRCRAFT OF THE TYPE BOEING 737-400, REGISTERED YR-BAS, OPERATED BY BLUE AIR

 

February 6, 2016

Given the aviation occurrence that took place on the 07th of January 2016, on Cluj “Avram Iancu” International Aiport, in which it was involved an aircraft belonging to Blue Air - Airline Management Solutions company, registered YR-BAS, according to the provisions of Annex 13 ICAO and the ones of EU regulation 996/2010, CIAS issued this interim statement with the purpose of informing the public opinion on the stage of the investigation.
By issuing the Final Report of the investigation on civil aviation safety, CIAS has not the purpose of finding guilty or guiltiness, but it has as unique objective the effective determination of causes and circumstances that led to this occurrence and establishing some safety recommendations aiming that through their implementation to prevent the occurrence of some similar occurrences.
The investigations on safety are independent, distinct from any judicial or administrative proceedings meant to establish guilt and responsibility and they do not prejudice those proceedings.
Based on the obtained information, CIAS, as investigation authority of civil aviation occurrences, issued this interim statement .

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CIAS presents the distribution of civil aviation accidents and serious incidents

In the last 10 years, occurred on the territory of Romania

accidents and serious incidents

*for more information click here

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ON 29TH OF JULY 2013, THE HELICOPTER EC 134 B4 TYPE, REGISTERED YR-BTM, OPERATED BY S.C. MIR SERO S.R.L., THAT PERFORMED A PASSENGER TRANSPORT FLIGHT ON THE ROUTE TÂRGUL MUREŞ – TĂURENI - TÂRGU MUREŞ, WITH STAYING IN TĂURENI LOCALITY, CRASHED IN LAKE NO. 2 FROM THE CHAIN OF LAKES OF TĂURENI LOCALITY.

February 18, 2016

The most probable cause of the accident occurrence is the incorrect assessment of height to the water surface or the pilot’s physical incapacity to react.

Favoring causes:

  1. stress condition, temporary physical incapacity;
  2. not using the safety belts systems from the helicopter equipment;
  3. twilight flight over the water.

CIAS, as the investigation authority of civil aviation occurrences, issued this Final Report.

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ON THE 20TH OF JANUARY 2014, AT 15:47 LT, AIRCRAFT BN-2A-27 ISLANDER, REGISTERED YR-BNP, OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE ROMANIAN AVIATION ACADEMY, WAS CARRYING OUT A COMMERCIAL FLIGHT, TOOK OFF FROM „AUREL VLAICU” BUCURESTI-BANEASA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (LRBS), WAS PLANNED TO LAND ON ORADEA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (LROD) AND CRASHED NEAR THE VILLAGE HOREA, ALBA COUNTY.

October 19, 2015

The investigation committee found the following causal factors that lead to the occurrence of this accident:
Determining factor:
- The accident is attributable to the fact that the engine stalled because of the severe icing of the carburetors.

The following factors significantly contributed to the genesis of the accident:
- Erroneous assessment of the risk factors particular to this flight as a result of a long interruption in flying and the lack of experience of the flight crew on BN-2A-27 type aircraft, that is included in the MEP class;
- The erroneous decision of the pilot in command to continue the mission in meteorological conditions that contributed to the severe icing of the carburetors;
- The erroneous decision of the pilot in command to fly for a long period of time in icing conditions;
- The erroneous decision of the pilot in command to continue the mission bellow AMA, in IMC flight conditions and following IFR flight rules;
- The erroneous decision of the pilot in command to take off with a mass over the maximum permitted limit and the center of gravity outside the limits calculated and imposed by the manufacturer.

CIAS, as the investigating authority of civil aviation occurrences, issued the present Final Report.

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The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center will present on Monday, October 19, 2015, at 12:00, within the International Airport "Aurel Vlaicu" Bucharest-Băneasa, in a press conference, the investigation Final Report of the aviation accident occurred on January 20, 2014, involving the aircraft BN-2A-27 Islander, registered YR-BNP. 

 October 16, 2015

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PROVISIONAL STATEMENT ON THE AVIATION OCCURRENCE IN APUSENI

January 19, 2015

Taking into account that one year has passed since the accident occurred, and the safety investigation final report is in progress, according to art. 16, pt. (7) of the Regulation (EU) no. 996/2010 of the European Parliament and Council on the investigation and prevention of accidents and incidents occurred in civil aviation, CIAS issued this provisional statement with the purpose of informing the public opinion on the investigation status and providing an overview of the steps to be taken to complete the investigation.

CIAS, by issuing the Final Report on the civil aviation safety investigation, does not seek to establish liability or guilty, having as sole objective the real determination of the causes and circumstances that led to the occurrence of the accident and the issuing of safety recommendations, so as similar events to be prevented.

Safety investigations shall be independent, apart from any judicial or administrative proceedings intended to establish the culpability or liability and shall not prejudice such procedures.

Based on the information obtained, CIAS, as a civil aviation investigation authority, issued the following provisional statement.

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CIAS PUBLISHED THE FINAL REPORT ON THE FLIGHT SAFETY INVESTIGATION  RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON 30.03.2014 IN UZUNU COMMUNE, GIURGIU COUNTY

December 19, 2014

On 30.03.2014, Around 18.20 o’clock, the pilot (owner) of the ultralight aircraft type Ikarus C42B, registered YR-5153 who performed a private flight following visual flight rules (VFR), with one passenger onboard, took the decision to perform a forced landing, because the aircraft engine showed speed variations, with engine shutdown symptoms over an obstacle area.

The accident occurred around 18.20 LT in the vicinity of Uzunu locality and it resulted in the aircraft damage.

The cause of the accident occurrence is the non-compliance with the engine maintenance program provisions, which could lead to temporary blocking of the pin poantou seat of carburetor no. 1 in ON position, which allowed access to an additional amount of fuel in the constant level chamber and a non-dosed aspiration with the enrichment of the fuel mixture in the engine intake manifold.

Based on the obtained information, CIAS, as the civil aviation occurrence investigation authority, issued this final report.

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CIAS PUBLISHED THE FINAL REPORT ON THE FLIGHT SAFETY INVESTIGATION  RELATED TO THE serious incident occurred on 28.11.2011 near Niculesti LOCALITY, Buzau county

August 28, 2014

On 28.11.2011 around 09:55 UTC, the helicopter EC 135 P2+, registered YR-CPC, took-off for a passenger transport mission, from Oituz heliport (LRCC), having as final destination Bucharest-Baneasa "Aurel Vlaicu" International Airport (LRBS). The flight was performed with three persons onboard: the pilot and two passengers.

In the area of Suchea locality, Buzau County, the aircraft entered an extreme flight evolution, from which the pilot managed to regain its control only after a significant loss of altitude. After regaining control of the aircraft, the pilot successfully performed an emergency landing in the area of Niculesti locality, Buzau County.

After the evacuation of passengers and the aircraft visual verification, the pilot performed a flight for repositioning the aircraft from the point where it made the emergency landing to Bucharest – Baneasa Airport.

The incident was notified to CIAS by phone, on 29.11.2011 and in written, being registered with the number 5307/06.01.2012. Based on the initial notification the occurrence was considered as incident. Afterwards, on 01.12.2011, based on the newly received information and on the verification made to the aircraft, the occurrence was classified as serious incident and CIAS designated a civil aviation safety investigation commission to continue the investigation and issuing the final report.

CIAS has notified ICAO, EASA and BFU Germany about the occurrence. There were appointed accredited representatives from: BFU – Germany; BEA – France; C&I Corporation. The representatives of Eurocopter Germany and Eurocopter Romania attended the investigation as advisors.

Based on the obtained information, CIAS, as the civil aviation occurrence investigation authority, issued this final report.

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PROVISIONAL STATEMENT ON THE INVESTIGATION OF THE AVIATION OCCURRENCE THAT TOOK PLACE ON august 23, 2013, on clinceni aerodrome

August 23, 2014

On 23.08.2013 during a run-in flight instruction, while the ZLIN 142 registered YR-ZCC aircraft was on the larger side of the runway at the crossing point of the flight piloting, the aircraft crew heard a loud noise from the front of the aircraft, in the engine area.

Click here for the full provisional statement.

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PROVISIONAL STATEMENT ON THE INVESTIGATION OF THE AVIATION OCCURRENCE THAT TOOK PLACE ON JULY 29, 2013, IN MURES COUNTY

July 29, 2014

On July 29, 2013, at 20.20 an aviation occurrence took place in Taureni area (Mures County) involving a helicopter type EC 130B4, registered YR-BTM. After the accident, the aircraft was totally destroyed and the pilot with four passengers died. The only survivor was the one positioned behind the pilot.

Click here for the full provisional statement.

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CIAS BECAME A CORPORATE MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF AIR SAFETY INVESTIGATORS (ISASI)

July 22, 2014

In order to improve flight safety by exchanging ideas, experience and information related to the investigation of civil aviation accidents and incidents, for a mutual development of the investigation techniques as well as for contributing to the progress of flight safety, the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was affiliated to the International Society of Air Safety Investigators – ISASI, starting with the 16th of July 2014.

Therefore, CIAS joined the largest family which includes national authorities responsible for civil aviation safety investigations as well as the most important organizations or persons from all over the world that contribute or have an important role in increasing civil aviation safety. National societies affiliated to ISASI are located in Latin America, Asia, Australia, Canada, Korea, Europe, New Zealand, Pakistan, Russia and the United States of America.

By affiliation to the International Society of Air Safety Investigators, CIAS will have an active and important role worldwide in the development and improvement of investigation activities of civil aviation accidents and incidents and it will be able to achieve its most important goal: aviation accidents and incidents prevention and flight safety improvement.

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CIAS APPOINTED AN ACCREDITED REPRESENTATIVE IN CASE OF THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON JULY 17, 2014, IN UKRAINE, INVOLVING THE AIRCRAFT OF MALAYSIA AIRLINES

July 20, 2014

Considering the provisions of Annex 13 to the Convention from Chicago, chapter 5 art. 5.27 on „The participation in the investigation of States that have suffered serious injuries or victims among their citizens”, whereas a Romanian citizen is among the victims of the accident in Ukraine on July 17, 2014, involving the aircraft of Malaysia Airlines, Romania is entitled to designate accredited representatives to participate in the civil aviation safety investigation, having the following rights:

  • Accident site visit;
  • Access to relevant factual information which are approved for public dissemination by the State conducting the investigation, and to information on the investigation progress;
  • Receive a copy of the final report.

Considering the above mentioned, the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center – CIAS, as the civil aviation safety authority in case of accidents and serious incidents, appointed an accredited representative according to the provisions of Annex 13 to the Convention from Chicago on International Civil Aviation, signed at Chicago on December 7, 1944, Romania is party to the Convention since 1965.

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CIAS PUBLISHED THE SAFETY ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2013

June 6, 2014

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center published the Safety Annual Report for 2013. The report aims to inform the public on the general safety level in civil aviation from Romania and it includes the civil aviation occurrences that took place between January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013.

The information contained in the reporting of civil aviation occurrences is properly protected and it is not used for other purposes than the improvement of safety level in civil aviation.

The annual report is prepared in conformity with the provisions of Regulation (EU) no. 996/2010 on the investigation and prevention of accidents and incidents occurred in civil aviation and the provisions of Regulation (EU) no. 376/2014 on reporting, analysis and subsequent actions concerning the civil aviation occurrences.

For more information, the report is available here.

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MEETING OF CIAS AND AZLR REPRESENTATIVES

May 6, 2014

On 06.05.2014, a meeting with the representatives of Free Flight Association in Romania, on the topic - collaboration between CIAS and AZLR, was held at the headquarters of CIAS.

The purpose of the meeting was to establish the way of collaboration and the mutual support activities between the two organizations, developed in order to improve safety in paragliding activities. The discussions with AZLR representatives were constructive concluding the need to establish a program of regular meetings in which to discuss the aviation occurrences specific to paragliding, the need of reporting the serious incidents and accidents and the establishing of common actions for preventing their occurrence.

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

April 29, 2014

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) appeals to all the institutions and individuals who own photos or videos with the aircraft type BN-2A-27 Islander, registered YR-BNP to send them on the e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This aircraft was involved in the aviation accident occurred on January 20, 2014, in Alba County. The photos and videos with the aircraft made after the occurrence of this aviation accident may contribute to a better development of the investigation operations.

Thank you!

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CIAS PUBLISHED THE FINAL REPORT OF THE AVIATION ACCIDENT FROM BALOTESTI, OCCURRED ON MARCH 31, 1995

March 31, 2014

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center published the Final Report of the aviation accident from Balotesti occurred on March 31, 1995, involving the aircraft type Airbus A310-324, registered YR-LCC.

The aircraft was operated by TAROM, on the flight route ROT 371 with the destination Brussels and it took-off from Bucharest Otopeni International Airport at 06:06:44 UTC. After almost 2 minutes from take-off, the aircraft crashed in the area of Balotesti locality, near Bucharest Otopeni International Airport.

The investigation commission considered that the following factors contributed to the accident occurrence:

  • Asymmetric traction;
  • Possible incapacity of the pilot in command;
  • The co-pilot did not take enough corrective measures in order to cover the consequences of the first factors.

As a result of the investigation, there were issued the following safety recommendations:

  • After the accident, Airbus Industrie issued two obligatory Service Bulletins, which led to the issuance of a Directive from the General Directorate of Civil Aviation in France, regarding the corrective measures that all aircraft operators must take in order to eliminate all the probable causes of this malfunction;
  • After the accident, Airbus Industrie issued amendments to the Aircraft Maintenance Manual and to the Malfunctions Diagnosis Manual. They were submitted to the operators for proper updating of the technical documentation.

For additional information, please access the Final Report.

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ACCIDENT YR-5153

March 30, 2014

On 30.03.2014, around 20:20 LT, the IKARUS C-42 aircraft, registered YR-5153, made an emergency landing, in the close proximity of DJ603, between the localities Uzunu and Mihai Bravu, Giurgiu County, due to some problems with the propulsion system. The two persons onboard of the aircraft didn’t need emergency medical care. After touchdown, the propeller and the landing gear of the aircraft were damaged.

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PRESS RELEASE ON THE INVESTIGATION OF THE AVIATION ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON JANUARY 20, 2014, IN ALBA COUNTY

February 21, 2014

On January 20, 2014, at 15:57, the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was notified by phone on the occurrence of an accident in Beliş-Fântânele area (Cluj County), involving the aircraft type BN-2A-27 Islander, registered YR-BNP. Even if when CIAS appointed the civil aviation safety investigation commission, the location of the accident occurrence and the wreckage position were unknown, the CIAS operative team went to the accident occurrence area. Subsequently, the aircraft was located in the vicinity of Horea commune, Petreasa village, Alba County.

Click here for the full press release.

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PRESS RELEASE: ATTRIBUTIONS OF THE CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY INVESTIGATION AND ANALYSIS CENTER 

February 3, 2014

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center was founded in 20120, in conformity with the Low no. 55/2010, as a public institution with legal personality, subordinated to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, through the reorganization of the Air Transport Investigation Service.

CIAS has the following attributions:

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IN THE ATTENTION OF CIVIL AIRPORTS IN ROMANIA! REGULATING THE COLLECTION AND DISTRIBUTION PROCEDURE OF 0,275 EURO/BOARDED PASSENGER

January 29, 2014

In the Official Gazette of Romania, Part I, no. 69/28.01.2014 was published the Order of the Minister of Transports no. 7/2014 concerning the approval of the price for supervising the maintenance of the objectives necessary for passengers’ safety and the procedure for collecting and distributing it, amending the Order of Minister of Transport and Infrastructure no. 894/2010 concerning the approval of the price for supervising the maintenance of the objectives necessary for passengers’ safety.

The appearance of this new Order does not change the rate of 0.275 euro / boarded passenger, as it was established through all the normative documents referring to the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS), but it established the collection and distribution Procedure of this rate by the management of civil airports in Romania.

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DETAILS ON CIVIL AVIATION OCCURRENCE INVESTIGATIONS

January 21, 2014

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center – CIAS is the only technical body in Romania, specialized in civil aviation safety investigations. CIAS was established in 2010, according to Law. 55/2010, as a public institution with legal status, subordinated to the Ministry of Transports and Infrastructure, through the reorganization of the Air Transport Investigations Service.

CIAS is assigned to organize, lead, coordinate, control and carry out the investigation of civil aviation occurrences, aiming to determine the facts, causes and circumstances that led to their occurrence and to issue civil aviation safety recommendations, in conformity with the provisions of EU Regulation no. 996 and of art. 2 align. (2) din of the Government Ordinance no. 51/1999, approved with amendments and completions by Law no.794/2001.

„The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center carries out professionally the investigation of all civil aviation occurrences, and the public opinion should understand that the investigation process takes time and it involves several successive stages, in order to make the investigation reports. Thus, the specialists of CIAS go to the occurrence site, collect samples and data, recover remains of the aircraft wreckage, transport the wreckage, come back to the headquarters in Bucharest, analyze all the documents, samples and relevant information, and if necessary, they also request other technical expertise (depending on the case) for certain components of the aircraft. The obtained data are corroborated and they materialize in a Draft Report, which is submitted to all the states involved in the occurrence, through bodies similar to CIAS.

In case of the accident from the 20th of January 2014, occurred with the aircraft type Britten – Norman Islander (BN – 2), registered YR-BNP and belonging to the Romanian Aviation Academy, the report will be transmitted to the United States of America (through NTSB - National Transportation Safety Board) and to Great Britain (through AAIB – Air Accidents Investigation Branch)”, stated Nicolae STOICA, General Director of the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center.

„After writing the Draft Report, according to the provisions of chapter 6, point 6.3 from Annex 13 to the International Civil Aviation Convention on the investigation of aviation accidents and incidents, the receipt of possible comments from the states involved shall be expected for 60 days. After the completion of this period, possible completions are brought to the Draft Report (if the received observations are relevant), and the Final Report resulting from the investigation can be made public”, added Nicolae STOICA.

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CIAS PUBLISHED THE CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY REPORT - COLLISIONS WITH BIRDS AND ANIMALS IN ROMANIA

October 17, 2013

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center published the "Civil Aviation Safety Report - Collisions with Birds and Animals". The report was drafted to inform stakeholders about aircraft collisions with birds and animals, occurred in Romania during 2010-2012.

The danger of collisions between aircraft and birds has been known since the beginning of aviation, the first case being registered in 1905. Collisions between aircraft and birds have begun to be known and spread along with the increase in air traffic.

Collisions between aircraft and birds or animals are a major concern for civil aviation both nationally and internationally, because they can jeopardize the safety of aircraft operations and have a significant impact on airlines revenues.

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Helicopter accident: July 29, 2013

August 1, 2013

On 29.07.2013, around 20:15 LT, an EC 130 B4 helicopter, registered YR-BTM, belonging to MIR AERO, with 6 people onboard, collapsed immediately after taking-off in Lake No. 7 located in the vicinity of Tăureni, Mures County.

As a result of the water impact, the aircraft was damaged and, unfortunately, 5 people onboard the helicopter died and a female was seriously injured. The civil aviation safety investigation commission, appointed by the General Director of the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center, with the support of ISU Mures and the Aviation Inspectorate within the Ministry of Interior, recovered the wreck and some of the components from the water.

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Cooperation between SAR (Search and Rescue) and civil aviation investigators

June 5, 2013

Between 21-23.05.2013, the "Search and Rescue-ROMANIA" Conference was organized by ROMATSA and was attended by the representatives of all the entities involved in the search and rescue operations in the case of a civil aviation accident on the Romanian territory (IGSU, The Romanian Police, the Romanian Gendarmerie, SMURD), civil aviation entities (MT-DACSA, AACR, ROMATSA, TAROM, RECECA, SSAvC) and external attendees with the same field of activity.

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) was invited, with the presentation „Cooperation between SAR personnel and Aeronautical investigators”, presented by Mr. Eugen SUCIU, air safety investigator.

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AIRPORTS SAFETY IN ROMANIA

June 5, 2013

Between 23-24.05.2013 the Technical and Operational Meeting was organized by the Romanian Airport Association of Romania, in Ocna Sibiului. The event was attended by the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center.

The representative of CIAS, Mr. Eugen SUCIU presented the theme "Airports Safety in Romania" in the framework of the meeting, analyzing the events reported during 2010-2012.

Therefore, the number of reported civil aviation occurrences increased from 974 events reported in 2010 to 1,470 events reported in 2012. At the same time, the number of aircraft movements decreased from 163,222 in 2010 to 138,744 in 2012.

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To the attention of civilian airports in Romania! Regulation of the procedure for collecting and distributing the tariff of 0.275 euro / boarded passenger

June 3, 2013

In the Official Gazette of Romania, Part I, no. 274/15.05.2013 was published the Order of the Ministry of Transports no. 738/26.04.2013 amending and supplementing the Order of the Minister of Transports and Infrastructure no. 894/2010 concerning the approval of the price for supervising the maintenance of the objectives necessary for passengers’ safety.

The appearance of this new Order does not change the rate of 0.275 euro / boarded passenger, as it was established through all the normative documents referring to the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS), but it established the collection and distribution Procedure of this rate by the management of civil airports in Romania.

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New regulations in the field of technical investigation of civil aviation occurrences

June 3, 2013

In the Official Gazette of Romania, Part I, no. 247/30.04.2013 was published the Order of the Ministry of Transports no. 721/23.04.2013 for the appointment of personnel to monitor compliance with the provisions of applicable regulations in the technical investigation of civil aviation events and empowering individuals involved in finding and sanctioning contraventions.

The appearance of this normative act is due to the changes in the field of civil aviation safety investigations in Romania, where the Ministry of Transport maintains its state authority through the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center, a public institution established in 2010 and subordinated to the Ministry of Transports, which imposed the replacement of the previous normative act - OMTCT no. 1724/2006.

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2012: A year of excellence in aviation safety

April 24, 2013

According to the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) and the Aviation Safety Network (ASN), during 2012 there were 105 multi-motor civil events and accidents (fatal or not). In 2012, the Aviation Safety Network recorded a total of 23 fatal aviation accidents, which caused 475 deaths and 36 victims on the ground.

However, compared with the average of the 2002-2011 decade worldwide (when, for example, an average of 30 fatal accidents and 758 deaths were recorded), in 2012 there was an improvement in aviation safety (for example, the average of the last ten years are 29 fatal accidents and 730 deaths).

 

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Romania ranks 4th in Europe and 10th in the world in the field of civil aviation safety

April 9, 2013

In 2009, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) conducted an audit in Romania in the field of civil aviation and found a number of non-conformities. Subsequently, in October 2012, ICAO organized a validation mission to verify whether non-conformities had been mitigated.

In this context, the position gained since the ICAO validation mission in 2012 has become public and placed Romania on the 4th place in Europe and the 10th in the world in the field of civil aviation safety.

In Romania, the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) is the specialized technical body to conduct civil aviation safety investigations.

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Meeting of EASA MANAGEMENT Board members: 12-13 March 2013

March 11, 2013

The General Director of the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center, appointed as the representative of Romania, Mr. Nicolae STOICA will attend the meeting of EASA Management Board members (March 12-13, 2013), held in Cologne, Germany.

The Agenda of the EASA Management Board meeting of 12 March 2013 includes subjects of particular interest, such as the adoption of the 2014 draft budget and the EASA Agency's operational plan.

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Influence of meteorological conditions on the civil aviation occurrences

February 22, 2013

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS) participated in the Aviation Weather Safety Workshop organized by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) on February 21, 2013.

The event was also attended by representatives of the Ministry of Transport of Romatsa and many pilots and aircraft owners. During the debating session, Eugen SUCIU, air safety investigator at CIAS, had a presentation on the influence of meteorological conditions on the civil aviation occurrences.

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CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY CONFERENCE - "SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCE"

November 8, 2012

Between November 6-7, 2012, the 38th meeting of the Expert Group on Accident Investigation (ACC/38) - "Sharing your Experience" took place.

The event was organized and hosted by the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center (CIAS), at Radisson Blu Hotel in Bucharest.

The conference was attended by personalities in the international civil aviation.

The objective of the meeting was to help the exchange of information in the field of civil aviation safety investigations in Europe.

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Studies and analysis

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Authority elaborates specialized studies, specific analysis and newsletters on civil aviation safety.

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Investigation reports

SIAA runs investigations of civil aviation occurrences, with the purpose to determining the facts, causes and circumstanes that led to their production.

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Safety recommendations

The Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Authority issues flight safety recommendation, based on studies or analysis of a series of investigations.

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