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AFI Safety Summit Action Plan 2012 to 2015

IATA and ICAO in partnership with AFRAA, ASECNA, AASA, AFCAC, ACI Africa, CANSO, IFALPA, Boeing and Airbus convened AFI 2012 Aviation Safety Summit from 14 to 16 May 2012 to develop an AFI Strategic Improvement Action Plan to be implemented from 2012 to 2015, in order to strengthen regulatory oversight and enhance safety performance of the Region.

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                                                           Executives present at the AFI Safety Summit.

The Safety Summit agreed the following AFI Strategic Improvement Action Plan, the report which will be submitted for endorsement to the African Union Ministerial Meeting on Aviation Safety planned in 2012. The Regional Aviation Safety Group (RASG), whose Chairman endorsed this Action Plan, will use its mechanism to ensure the implementation of the Action Plan.

In order to significantly improve safety in Africa by end of 2015, the Summit focused on five (5) achievable tasks. These tasks are a result of an analysis of accidents in Africa carried out by IATA and ICAO for the 2006-2010 period.

In the analysis, it was observed that the main influencing factors of accidents are lack of effective Regulatory Oversight, lack of implementation of Flight Data Analysis (FDA) and Safety Management Systems (SMS). Implementation of these processes/tools could have identified precursors to the two major accident types, namely Runway Excursions (RE) and Loss of Control (LOC).