Arrangement of Sections


   1.   Short title

   2.   Interpretation

   3.   Aircraft in flight

   4.   Aircraft in service

   5.   Territorial limits

   6.   Country of registration

   7.   Offences in flight

   8.   Offences in service and endangering safety

   9.   Penalty

   10.   Provisions as to extradition

   11.   Duties of commander

   12.   Powers of commander of aircraft

   13.   Assistance with restraint

   14.   Emergency measures

   15.   Disembarking person

   16.   Report to authorities

   17.   Termination of restraint

   18.   Continuation of restraint

   19.   Duty of authority taking custody

   20.   Jurisdiction of High Court

   21.   Deemed registration

   22.   Application of criminal law to aircraft

   23.   Consent of Director of Public Prosecutions

   24.   Jurisdiction

   25.   Certification of convention country

   26.   Evidence of offence on aircraft

   27.   Offences

   28.   Reporting offences


to make provision for offences in relation to the hijacking of aircraft and for offences which endanger the safety of aircraft in flight and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.

[18th August, 1989]

Act 18 of 1989,

Act 13 of 1994.

1.   Short title

This Act may be cited as the Safety of Civil Aviation Act.

2.   Interpretation

   (1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

“aircraft” means any aircraft, whether or not a Zambian controlled aircraft, other than an aircraft used in military, customs or police services;

“commander” in relation to an aircraft means the member of the crew designated as commander of the aircraft by the operator of it, or failing that person, the person who for the time being is the pilot in command of the aircraft;

“Contracting State” means a State that is a member of the International Civil Aviation Organisation under the 1944 Chicago Convention;

“Convention country” means a country in which the Hague Convention or the Montreal Convention or both is for the time being in force;

“Hague Convention” means the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft signed at the Hague on the 16th December, 1970.

“Intelligence” means information, and the results of analysis, integration or interpretation of information, relating to—

      (a)   civil aviation security;

      (b)   the prevention of security violations from occurring; and

      (c)   any security violation that is in progress:

“Montreal Convention” means the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation signed at Montreal on the 23rd September, 1971;

“military aircraft” includes any naval, military or air force aircraft and any aircraft commanded by a person in naval, military or air force service, detailed to command such aircraft;

“operator” in relation to any aircraft means the person who at that time has the management of the aircraft;

“pilot in command”, in relation to an aircraft, means the person who for the time being, is in charge of the piloting of the aircraft without being under the direction of any other pilot in the aircraft;

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