Participants in the seminar with speakers Jens Friedemann (1st row, centre), BFU Aircraft Accident Investigator, and Nurlan Akkulow (on his left), Chief Investigator at the Kazakh Air Accident Investigation Authority
Participants in the seminar with speakers Jens Friedemann (1st row, centre), BFU Aircraft Accident Investigator, and Nurlan Akkulow (on his left), Chief Investigator at the Kazakh Air Accident Investigation Authority
Kazakhstan

In partnership with the Academy of Law Enforcement Authorities at the Office of the Public Prosecutor General in the Republic of Kazakhstan, a seminar on aviation safety was held on 6 November 2019 in Nursultan. Jens Friedemann from the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation (BFU) took part as a German expert on behalf of the IRZ.

The Kazakh participants in the seminar included public prosecutors from the Office of the Public Prosecutor General and the Main Traffic Prosecutor's Office, as well as investigators from the traffic police, who were very interested in learning about the work of the BFU.

The IRZ expert Jens Friedemann informed the participants about:

  • the German aviation safety system,
  • investigation into the causes of aircraft accidents and
  • coordination between specialist and law enforcement authorities in the area of transport safety.

Nurlan Akkulow, Chief Investigator at the Kazakh Air Accident Investigation Authority, presented the Kazakh experiences in this area.

The 28 participants showed a great deal of interest in the following aspects in particular:

  • the independence of the BFU and how this is guaranteed in work processes,
  • communication and consultation regarding responsibilities and
  • the benefits that the law enforcement authorities can draw from the investigation report and the expert knowledge of the BFU contained in this report.

About the work of the BFU

As well as aviation safety, the areas of responsibility of the BFU include above all the collection of evidence and establishment of the causes of aircraft accidents, with the aim of preventing accidents and malfunctions from happening in future. The investigations carried out by the BFU are not aimed at apportioning blame or liability. However, the BFU’s report does provide a technical basis for the subsequent work of law enforcement authorities. The BFU works as an independent body. It must not be influenced by politics or the media nor allow itself to be influenced. The establishment of the causes of aircraft accidents is impartial and purely factual. BFU employees, who come from a wide variety of specialist fields, shed light on the potential aeronautical, technical and psychological reasons, which may have led to the aviation accident.