Air Navigation and Transport Act, 1936

Investigation of accidents.

60.—(1) The Minister may by order make regulations providing for the investigation of any accident arising out of or in the course of air navigation and occurring in or over Saorstát Eireann or to Saorstát Eireann aircraft elsewhere.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the provisions of the immediately preceding sub-section, regulations under this section may contain provisions—

(a) requiring notice to be given of any such accident as aforesaid in such manner and by such persons as may be specified in the regulations;

(b) applying, with or without modification, for the purpose of investigations held with respect to any such accidents any of the provisions of section 3 of the Notice of Accidents Act, 1894 ;

(c) prohibiting, pending investigation, access to or interference with aircraft to which an accident has occurred, and authorising any person, so far as may be necessary for the purposes of an investigation, to have access to, examine, remove, take measures for the preservation of, or otherwise deal with any such aircraft;

(d) authorising or requiring the cancellation, suspension, endorsement, or surrender of any licence or certificate granted under this Act or any order made thereunder, where it appears on an investigation that the licence ought to be cancelled, suspended, endorsed, or surrendered, and for the production of any such licence for the purpose of being so dealt with.

(3) Nothing in this section shall limit the powers of any authority under sections 530 to 537 , inclusive, of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894 , or any enactment (including this Act) amending those sections.

(4) If any person acts in contravention (whether by omission or commission) of any regulations under this section, he shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding fifty pounds or, at the discretion of the court, imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months.

(5) Any regulations made by the Minister under section 12 of the Air Navigation Act, 1920, and in force immediately before the date of the passing of this Act, shall be deemed to be made under this section and may be amended or revoked by regulations made under this section, and until so revoked and subject to any such amendment shall continue in force.