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Report an aircraft accident or serious incident

Aircraft accidents or serious incidents should be reported to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) and aircraft accidents to the police.

AAIB 24-hour reporting line
Telephone: 01252 512299
Telephone: +44 1252 512299 from outside UK
 
The following people must notify the AAIB without delay if they have knowledge of an aircraft accident or serious incident which occurred in the UK, a UK Overseas Territory or a Crown Dependency:
  • the crew of the aircraft
  • the owner of the aircraft
  • the operator of the aircraft
  • people involved in the maintenance, design or manufacture of the aircraft
  • people involved in the training of the aircraft’s crew
  • people involved in providing air traffic control, flight information services or aerodrome services to the aircraft
  • staff of the Civil Aviation Authority
  • staff of the European Aviation Safety Agency
 In the case of an accident, the commander of the aircraft or the aircraft operator, if the commander has been killed or incapacitated, must also inform the police.
 
The AAIB will require as much of the following information as possible: 
  • the type, model, nationality and registration marks of the aircraft
  • the names of the owner, operator and hirer (if any) of the aircraft
  • the name of the commander of the aircraft
  • the date and time (UTC) of the accident or serious incident
  • the last point of departure and the next point of intended landing of the aircraft
  • the position of the aircraft in relation to some easily defined geographical location
  • the number of
    • crew on board and the number killed or seriously injured
    • passengers on board and the number killed or seriously injured
    • other persons killed or seriously injured as a result of the accident
  • the nature of the accident or serious incident and the extent of damage as far as is known
Reporting an accident or a serious incident in a foreign country
 
Contact information for foreign accident investigation authorities is available from the International Civil Aviation Organization