Ministry of Aviation, Accidents Investigation Branch, 1959-1967
Ministry of Civil Aviation, Accidents Investigation Branch, 1946-1953
Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, Accidents Investigation Branch, 1953-1959
Subject to 30 year closure
Administrative / biographical background:
The Ministry of Civil Aviation Act 1945, transferred to the Minister of Civil Aviation responsibility first established by the Air Navigation Act 1920, S.12 for making regulations providing for the investigation of any accident to civil aircraft arising out of or in the course of air navigation and occurring in or over the UK or the territorial waters adjacent thereto, or elsewhere to British aircraft registered in the UK.
In accordance with regulation 4(1) of the Air Navigation (Investigation of Accidents) Regulations 1922, an Accidents Investigation Branch under a Chief Inspector of Accidents was established in the Air Ministry. Upon request the Branch gave assistance to the appropriate authorities in the investigation of accidents to service aircraft.
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