The establishment of the Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) is consistent with the Cabinet decision dated 14 December 2011 on the Memorandum of the Minister of Transport No. 1002/2011, which was agreed with regards to the establishment of the AAIB within the Ministry of Transport and is directly responsible to the Minister of Transport. As an independent investigation entity, the AAIB is responsible for the independent safety investigation of all air accidents and incidents occurred in involving both Malaysian and foreign registered civil aircraft. The AAIB also participates in overseas investigation of air accidents and incidents involving Malaysian civil registered aircraft in line with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Convention.
The AAIB also carries out the tasks of air accident prevention through research and development activities on an ongoing basis. This section will keep all records and data on cases of all air accidents and incidents occurred in Malaysia and overseas involving Malaysian registered civil aircraft. The bureau also conducts a study on cases of air accidents and incidents that have occurred and any findings and measures in terms of safety improvements will be proposed to the parties concerned to rectify the weaknesses identified to prevent future accidents and incidents.