The French air and space academy (ANAE) study concludes that the “dysfunctional” relationship between the judicial investigation and the technical/administrative investigation of accidents has a negative effect on all processes and parties involved.

The organisation is “concerned about the possible consequences of these proceedings on whole sectors of activity in France, and on travellers’ safety in the sectors in question; ANAE considers that questions raised by the victims’ representatives regarding dysfunctions have not been properly addressed”.

The ANAE recommends a “reappraisal of both legal procedures and administrative investigations”. It says independent judicial and technical investigations can have a “corrosive effect on the sophisticated and – to passengers – beneficial systems employed by the aviation and air transport industry for managing risk”.

Source: Flight International