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Having performed a full and comprehensive analysis of the Report of the Commission led by Mr Omer Kulić on the aircraft accident from 2004 that killed the then Macedonian president Boris Trajkovski, and in order to protect the dignity of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Directorate of Civil Aviation (BHDCA) and of the Commission that had investigated the accident in 2004, the BHDCA wishes to inform the public of Bosnia and Herzegovina that the Final Report prepared by the Commission led by Mr Kulić was plagiarised from the “Final Report on an investigation into the accident of a Beechcraft Super King Air 200 aircraft, with registration marks Z3-BAB, Mostar, 26/02/2004” that was published on 05/05/2004, that the determined cause of the accident is exactly the same as the one determined by the 2004 Commission, and that a series of material and procedural omissions were made in establishing the Commission, its activities and in the presentation of the Report.

The Final Report of the 2004 Commission states that the cause of the accident is: “a procedural error while approaching for landing, at the altitude and position, at the Mostar Airport in a controlled flight into terrain – CFIT”, while the same was said, using a different wording, by the Commission that was led by Mr Omer Kulić: “A descent below the minimum descent altitude (MDA) of 1810 ft, published for the non-precision approach procedure for landing at the Mostar Airport: 1.06 Mostar-LQMO, VOR/DME RWY 34 (Jeppesen 13-1), in a Controlled Flight Into Terrain - CFIT)“.

In addition to the above fact, an expert analysis of the Report of the Commission led by Mr Kulić revealed a number of other ommissions in the work of the Commission, its Report and the public presentation of the Report, in BIH as well as in Macedonia. The Commission did not observe a single standard specified in ICAO Annex 13, it violated the provisions of Article 109 (2) of the Aviation Law of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and made a series of other procedural and material ommissions.

Taking into account the provision that a new investigation into the cause of an aviation accident may be launched only and exclusively if new and significant evidence becomes available, the BHDCA’s professional staff analysed the Report of the Commission led by Mr Kulić and were unable to find that any new and significant evidence existed nor that this evidence had been examined. Based on this fact, it is clear that the Commission actually REVISED the “Final Report on an investigation into the accident of a Beechcraft Super King Air 200 aircraft, with registration marks Z3-BAB, Mostar, 26/02/2004” that was published on 05/05/2004, which is not envisaged by any international standards.

This plagiarised Final Report was developed with a single goal – to discredit the Commission that had previously conducted the investigation, whose results were literally copied in certain segments, while in other segments they were re-formulated and as such can be found in 80% of the new Report. The key difference between the plagiarised Final Report and the Final Report that was published on 05/05/2004 lies in the public disclosure of the evidence and data by a “sensationalistic commission”, which is completely in contrast with international standards and national legislation.

Pursuant to the above stated, the BHDCA has decided that both Reports determined the same cause of the accident, and thus wishes to publicly raise the following questions:

1) Why was the new investigation opened?

2) Why did the investigation take so inappropriately long to complete (from 13/05/2013 to 29/11/2014)?

3) Why did this investigation cost 160,000 Euros, as chief investigator Mr Omer Kulić told the media?

4) Who has paid or is going to pay for the costs of the investigation, and to whom?

BHDCA analysis of the Report of the Commission that was led by Mr Omer Kulić can be downloaded HERE.

“Final Report on an investigation into the accident of a Beechcraft Super King Air 200 aircraft, with registration marks Z3-BAB, Mostar, 26/02/2004” that was published on 05/05/2004, can be downloaded HERE.