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Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation civile (BEA)

The Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation civile (BEA) is an accident investigation authority, responsible for the independent investigation of accidents and incidents involving civil aircraft in France.

The BEA website is:


Rémi Jouty took over as Director of the BEA on 1st January 2014.

The previous Director was Jean-Paul Troadec.

Air France AF447

On Sunday 31 May 2009 an Airbus A330-203 registered F-GZCP operated by Air France on flight AF447 departed Rio de Janeiro Galeão airport and headed across the Atlantic Ocean to the destination at Charles de Gaulle airport in France. Twelve crew members (3 flight crew, 9 cabin crew) and 216 passengers were on board.

Two hours and 15 minutes after departure the aircraft crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. Some wreckage was located within days, but the flight recorders were not recovered until May 2011.

The BEA was notified on 1 June 2009, led the Investigation, and released a Final Report on 5 July 2012.

The BEA and Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

On Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 39 days after flight MH370 went missing on Saturday, 8 March 2014, the Malaysian Minister of Defence and Acting Minister for Transport, Hishamuddin Hussein, announced that Cabinet has agreed to set up an International Investigation Team to specifically look into the MH370 incident. The Team, officially named the The Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for MH370, was instituted by the Minister of Transport on Friday, 25 April 2014. ( Safety Investigation Report MH370/01/2018 2.7.1)

The Team included an Accredited Representative from the Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation civile (BEA).

Accredited Representative

An Accredited Representative is 'a person designated by a State, on the basis of his or her qualifications, for the purpose of participating in an investigation conducted by another State. Where the State has established an accident investigation authority, the designated accredited representative would normally be from that authority.' (ICAO Annex 13).