Experience has shown that accidents are often preceded by safety-related incidents and deficiencies thereby revealing the existence of safety hazards. Therefore, safety data is an important resource for the detection of potential safety hazards. In addition, whilst the ability to learn from an accident is crucial, purely reactive systems have been found to be of limited use in continuing to bring forward improvements. Reactive systems should be complemented by proactive systems, which use other types of safety data, to make effective improvements in aviation safety.
Relevant civil aviation occurrences should be reported, collected, stored, protected, exchanged, disseminated and analysed, and appropriate safety actions should be taken on the basis of the information collected.
Reporting of occurrences should be done directly via the European Aviation Safety Reporting portal: www.aviationreporting.eu
Recognised high volume top-reporting organisations should continue to make use of the E5x format to submit their reports.