Aim of inquiry is to learn lessons, not lay blame
Published 12/02/2011 | 05:00
AN air accident investigation, by international agreement, is carried out not to find out who is to blame. Its purpose is to find out what went wrong so the aviation world can apply, as quickly as possible, any lessons available from it to prevent a similar event from occurring again.
The inquiry into the Manx2 accident at Cork Airport will be no different.
After the inquiry has reported, if it looks as if criminality -- in the form of negligence or recklessness by individuals or companies -- might have been involved, it is up to the judicial prosecution service, or the civil aviation authority, to act through the criminal court.