An accident - an occurrence in which a person suffers a fatal or serious injury; or the aircraft sustains serious damage or structural failure; or the aircraft is missing or is completely inaccessible. (Note this is an abbreviated version of the complete legal definition);
a serious incident - an incident involving circumstances indicating that an accident nearly occurred;
Accidents and serious incidents involving Isle of Man registered aircraft which have occurred in the UK, a UK Overseas Territory or a Crown Dependency are investigated on our behalf by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). To report such events please contact the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch.
- 24-hour reporting line - Telephone: +44 1252 512299
Accidents and serious incidents involving Isle of Man registered aircraft which have occurred in other countries are primarily investigated by the local accident investigation authority. Contact information is available from the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
Regardless of the location of the event, a Mandatory Occurrence Report Form 30 must be completed and submitted to the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry no later than 96 hours following discovery of the accident or serious incident.
Definition of an 'Occurrence'
“Occurrence” means an operational interruption, defect, fault or other irregular circumstance that has or may have influenced flight safety and that has not resulted in an accident or serious incident as those terms are defined in regulation 2 of the Civil Aviation (Investigation of Air Accidents and Incidents) Regulations 1996(a);
The objective of both Mandatory and Voluntary Reporting is to contribute to the improvement of air safety by ensuring that relevant information on safety is reported, collected, stored, protected and disseminated.
The sole objective of occurrence reporting is the prevention of accidents and incidents and not to attribute blame or liability. This applies to occurrences that endanger or that, if not corrected, would endanger an aircraft, its occupants or any other person.
For further details of Mandatory Reporting please read The Air Navigation (Isle of Man) Order 2015 Part 24 Section 142 and 143.
Reporting of occurrences
In the event of an Occurrence, which endangered or which, if not corrected, would endanger an aircraft, the occupants or any other persons, must be reported to the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry within 96 hours using Form 30 Occurrence Report.
In the event of an accident or serious incident, contact the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch.