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Primer plan de trabajo conjunto ARCM – GRIAA

Se firmó un MOU que confirma y complementa la carta de intención acordada en marzo en México.

Después de la primera carta de intención firmada a mediados de marzo pasado en la Ciudad de México entre los representantes de los grupos regionales del Caribe y Sudamérica, (ver nota) se materializó el primer acuerdo de cooperación e intercambio entre las dos organizaciones, específicamente en áreas de capacitación y formación de investigadores.

En el marco de una visita de autoridades del Grupo Regional de Investigación de Accidentes del Caribe y Centroamérica (GRIAA) a la sede central de la Junta de Investigación de Accidentes de Aviación Civil (JIAAC) en Buenos Aires, se avanzó en la planificación de futuras actividades de intercambio y cooperación con el ARCM-SAM, a través de la firma de un Memorando de Entendimiento (MOU).

Además de “colaborar formalmente tanto en capacitación como en distintos puntos de formación de los investigadores” el acuerdo permitirá “trabajar problemáticas comunes tanto de América Central como del Sur”, explicó Pamela Suárez, titular del Comité Ejecutivo de ARCM y presidente de JIAAC.

Izq: Carlos Salazar Sánchez, Coordinador de GRIAA. Der: Pamela Suárez

La delegación del GRIAA estuvo compuesta por el Capitán Carlos Salazar Sánchez, en su calidad de Coordinador del GRIAA y Director del Instituto Nicaragüense de Aviación Civil; la Dra. Evangelina Aráuz, Asesora Legal de la Secretaría Técnica de COCESNA; el Dr. Leónidas Duarte Suárez, Asesor Legal, y el Ing. Guillermo Guido Jefe de Investigación de Accidentes de INAC. En tanto por el ARCM/SAM estuvieron presentes, además de Suárez, Daniel Barafani, Director Nacional de Investigación de la JIAAC.

La visita incluyó reuniones de trabajo, entre otras cosas, sobre normativa y cumplimiento de la auditoria de la Organización Internacional de Aviación Civil (OACI) en el capítulo de investigación de accidentes de aviación. Así, se abordaron temas como Sistema de gestión; Metodología de la investigación y Protocolos de asistencia a familiares de víctimas. Todo esto enmarcado en la preparación del GRIAA para que en 2020 pueda ser auditado por OACI como mecanismo de investigación de accidentes de aviación civil.

AIG-SAM/5 summit: fruitful work meetings

Sponsored by the Civil Aeronautics Directorate of Colombia (DGAC), through its Aviation Accident and Incident Research Group (GRIAA), from October 3 to 5, the fifth meeting of the ARCM Executive Committee (AIG-SAM/5) was held in the city of Medellin, Colombia.

The meeting was attended by representatives of eight States of the SAM Region (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Venezuela), as well as authorities of the Latin America Regional Office and the AIG section of ICAO, together to various safety agencies and representatives of the industry, among which the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the manufacturers Airbus, Embraer and ATR.

Throughout the different work meetings, topics of interest on safety for the region were addressed, such as plans for mitigating events in training instances and in aero-agricultural operations. On the other hand, representatives of the aeronautical industry unfolded information obtained through their operations monitoring systems, while they exposed their data collection systems and research methodologies.

A total of 11 working papers were presented by JIAAC and the National Civil Aviation Administration (ANAC) on behalf of Argentina; the ICAO South American Regional Office and the Air Accident and Incident Research Group of Colombia (GRIAA – AIG). In addition, the results of the Flight of Instruction Working Group and the information obtained through the SDCPS (System of Collection and Processing of Safety Data) of the ARCM were discussed.

It also included a proposal to modify the Manual of Organization and Operation of the Mechanism, presented by the ICAO regional office, and studies on accidents and incidents in both training flights and agricultural aviation.

Closing remarks were given by Paulo Soares Oliveira, Director of the Technical Team Office of Embraer; David Zwegers, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of Airbus; and Mario Colavita, Security Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The  regional meeting agenda was completed on Friday 5th, with the presentation of the ARCM in the Air Sector Forum 2030 – 2.1 Air Accident Investigation, organized by Aerocivil, which took place in the Aula Magna of the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana based in Medellin.


Argentina reelected

As part of the scheduled activities, the election of the chairmanship of the ARCM executive committee was held for a new period of 3 years. After the vote by the representatives of the States present, it was resolved to renew that mandate for Argentina, which has been exercising it since 2015.

Pamela Suárez, president of the Civil Aviation Accident Investigation Board (JIAAC) highlighted the importance of international cooperation in an increasingly globalized system such as civil aviation. “The challenges are not individual in each country,” she said, since “the improvements to the system to which the research must contribute are meaningless in a ‘frontier in’ project.

“The challenge is to look at the process of accident investigation beyond their individual potential,” he continued, urging countries to “combine the power of research with data intelligence (Data Intelligence) to contribute proactively” to the improvement of Operational Safety.


First Safety Recommendation of the ARCM

Included in the final report of the IV Meeting AIG / SAM-4. It aims to mitigate the number of accidents or incidents included in the category “Track Excursion” (RE – Runway Excursion), in a harmonized manner for all the States of the region.

The first Comprehensive Safety Recommendation (RSO) for all the States of the SAM region proposes to “generate and / or intensify appropriate actions in the stages of training and instruction” among its air service operators.

The proposal arose as a result of the work carried out by an ad hoc multinational group, presented as NE 11 at the recent AIG-SAM / 4 meeting in Brasilia, Brazil. The “track excursion task force” of the ARCM analyzed the totality of events included in this category during 2016, as reported by all the countries of the SAM Region.

The general RSO of the ARCM indicates that “States must promote mitigation measures to generate and / or intensify adequate training and instruction among their air service operators during the initial or recurrent training stage, which allows crews to identify and act on the variables that make up the triggers of a RE. Emphasizing that in the instruction be taken into account the particular analyzes of the airports where the flights and types of aircraft are made“.


Workshop on incidents and accidents for safety investigators

The so called Safety Week, organized by the JIAAC from November 13 to 17, 2017, began with the “Workshop on Incidents and Accidents Safety Investigations” by BEA, the accident investigation agency (AIG) of France.

Pamela Suárez, president of the ARCM Executive Committee, was in charge of the opening of this unprecedented workshop of international level that had an important participation of researchers from both Argentina and the SAM region, within the framework of the AIG Regional Cooperation Mechanism ( ARCM).

In his speech he highlighted the importance of three fundamental axes for accident investigation: training, cooperation and openness to the community.

Suárez emphasized the role of training as a fundamental tool for the progress of the activity, highlighting the importance that this type of workshops of the highest international level acquire.

In this context, he deeply appreciated the excellent predisposition shown by the authorities of the European AIG body and all the States of the SAM Region that are actively participating.

AIG-SAM/4 The Fourth Meeting of South American AIG Authorities


The Fourth Meeting of South American AIG Authorities  will be held at the Aeronautical Accident Investigation and Prevention Center (CENIPA) in Brasilia, Brazil,

from 23 to 25 May 2017.

General Information


Agenda item 1: Draft agenda, explanatory notes and working schedule approval

Agenda item 2: ARCM implementation progress.

Agenda item 3: AIG cooperation agreement among the ARCM States

Agenda item 4: Revision of AIG regulations

Agenda item 5: ARCM AIG training programme review

Agenda item 6: ARCM Safety data collection and processing system (SDCPS) implementation progress

Agenda item 7: Investigation of non-serious incidents

Agenda item 8: Report on the 2016 ARCM activity programme compliance

Agenda item 9: Review of the ARCM activity programme approved for 2017

Agenda item 10: ARCM States AIG rules, procedures and training harmonization needs

Agenda item 11: South American ARCM multinational investigator certification

Agenda item 12: ARCM States AIG protocol questions revision process results

Agenda item 13: Results of the assessment carried out by the ARCM runway excursion (RE) task force regarding RE occurred in the SAM Region in 2016

Agenda item 14: 2016 ARCM flight safety report

Agenda item 15: Case study: TAME EMBRAER 190, LAMIA AVRO and AEROSUCRE BOEING 727 aircrafts accidents analysis

Agenda item 16: Other agenda items:

a) ARCM web page enhancement

b) Migration from SDCPS to SAM Regional Office

c) Headquarters’ proposal for the Fifth South American AIG Authorities Meeting (AIG-SAM/5).

d) Contribution to the environment during the aircrafts accidents investigation

e) Assistance to victims of aeronautical accidents and support to their families from the AIG Authority

f) Presentation of the activities being developed by the Regional Aviation Safety Group – Panamerica (RASG-PA), Pan America — Regional Aviation Safety Team (PA-RAST) and near miss collisions (MAC) team

g) Second Global Runway Safety Symposium (GRSS/2), Lima, Peru, from 20 to 22 November 2017.

Open Invitation: Multinational Investigator

The invitation for Multinational Accident and Incident Investigator is now open with the purpose of creating an Investigators Bank that will allow the ARCM member States to have trained experts and specialists in that area.

To be registered you must fill in the following forms and send them by email to the following email addresses: , ,

Form I

Form II

Form III

Signing of Multinational Agreement

During the Third AIG Meeting held in Lima 7-9 March, the Multinational Agreement was signed in the framework of the ARCM among the South American Accident Investigation Organizations and/or Civil Aviation Authorities in order to formalize cooperation for the accident and incident investigation of the SAM Region


  • Marcos COSTA (Chief of ICAO´s Accident Investigation Section)
  • Pamela SUÁREZ (Chairman of the ARCM Executive Committee)
  • Oscar QUESADA (ICAO South American Deputy Regional Director)
  • Marcelo UREÑA (Safety Regional Officer)

States that signed:

  • ARGENTINA – Pamela SUÁREZ (JIAAC President)
  • BOLIVIA– Franz Ronald TAMAYO DE LA ROCHA (Safety Director)
  • COLOMBIA– Gustavo Adolfo IRIARTE (AIG Chief)
  • ECUADOR– Armando DURÁN NUÑEZ (JIA President)
  • PANAMA– Robert KATZ (AAC Deputy Director)
  • PERU– Fernando MELGAR (CIAA President)
  • URUGUAY– Ruben VILLAGRA (CIAIA Director)

Countries that will sign: Brazil- Chile- Paraguay- Suriname- Venezuela.