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The Australian Government is proposing to increase the liability limits under the Civil Aviation (Carrier's Liability) Act 1959 . These changes will come into force on 1 October 2019. The Australian Government recently issued an Exposure Draft of these Regulations.
Hong Kong formally establishes an independent Air Accident Investigation Authority and appoints a chief inspector of accidents
Historically, responsibility for the conduct of aviation safety investigations in Hong Kong lay within the Accident Investigation Division of the Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD) and the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), who reported to the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). As the HKCAD is also the regulatory body for civil aviation activities in Hong Kong, the impartiality of investigations had the potential of being perceived to be compromised notwithstanding internal mechanisms put in place to address this.
In May 2015, the International Carriage by Air Act, B.E. 2558 (‘ICAA’) came into effect in Thailand, applying to international as well as domestic carriage by air from the effective date. Its provisions largely mirror those of the Montreal Convention (‘MC99’), which subsequently came into force on 2 October 2017.