The Civil Aviation Authority of Solomon Islands Building at Henderson has been burnt to the ground overnight.
The fire gutted the entire building early on Independence Day anniversary with nothing to spare except for the concrete parts of the structure.
A worker from CAASI told SBMOnline that the building caught fire around 2am with the cause is still unknown. However the worker said there was a hole freshly cut to the fence behind the office, which will now be subject to police investigation.
According to the Ministry of Communication and Aviation website, the Civil Aviation Authority of Solomon Islands (CAASI) is a statutory body established on the 18th December 2008 under the Civil Aviation Act 2008. The principal responsibility of CAASI is to perform the state’s responsibility of regulating civil aviation operations as required under the International Civil Aviation Convention (Chicago Convention) at the national level.
CAASI operates as an autonomous body and is responsible for the effective discharge of Solomon Islands’ obligations under the Chicago Convention.
CAASI administratively reports to the Ministry of Communication and Aviation’s (MCA) executive management and coordinates with the Ministry on policy matters relating to civil aviation services. However, under the Civil Aviation Rules, the MCA’s technical Divisions are bound to report to CAASI on all technical functions of the Divisions.