German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation
The German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (German: Bundesstelle für Flugunfalluntersuchung, BFU) is the German federal agency responsible for air accident and incident investigation.
|Formation||1 September 1998|
|Legal status||Established by Law on the Investigation of Accidents and Malfunctions in Operation of Civil Aircraft|
|Purpose||Aviation accident and incident investigation|
The purpose of BFU is to find out the causes of air accidents and incidents and how they can be prevented. The BFU facility is located in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony. The agency is subordinate to the Federal Ministry of Transport.
West Germany joined the Convention on International Civil Aviation including the standards and recommended practices on aircraft accident and incident investigation (Annex 13) in 1956. Initially subordinate to the neighbouring Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (Federal Aviation Office), the Bureau of Aviation Accident Investigation according to a recommendation by the International Civil Aviation Organization in 1980 was put under the direct authority of the Federal Ministry of Transport. The BFU was formally established as an upper-level federal agency in 1998.
- Gesetz über die Untersuchung von Unfällen und Störungen bei dem Betrieb ziviler Luftfahrzeuge (Flugunfall-Untersuchungs-Gesetz – FLUUG) of 1998-08-26, BGBl. Part I, p. 2470 (in German)
- "Welcome to the website of the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation." German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation. Retrieved on 29 March 2015.
- "Entry to the office building." German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation. Retrieved on 1 May 2013. "Hermann-Blenk-Straße 16 38108 Braunschweig Germany" see map.
- "Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation Archived 2013-12-11 at the Wayback Machine." Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development. Retrieved on 22 January 2012.