The laboratories, which can also analyse GPS, radar and air traffic control data, are housed in a new £3m extension to the AAIB’s headquarters building. They incorporate facilities specially designed to eliminate electromagnetic interference during the replay of flight recorders and sound-proof rooms for respecting the privacy of voice recordings.
David King, Chief Inspector of Air Accidents, said: ‘The new building has been carefully designed to include the very best features from air accident investigation centres in other parts of the world, and with future recording technology in mind.
‘The AAIB’s air accident investigators are already amongst the most highly respected in the world. These new facilities, I believe, are second to none and will help to enhance even further the AAIB’s worldwide reputation for data analysis and accident investigation.’