• ATSB Chief Commissioner Greg Hood. (Steve Hitchen)
    ATSB Chief Commissioner Greg Hood. (Steve Hitchen)

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) Chief Commissioner Greg Hood yesterday retired from the position he has held for five years,

Hood, who previously served with the RAAF, CASA and Airservices, brought extensive aviation experience to the ATSB when he was appointed in 2016.

Hood retires from the ATSB after completing his five-year term, during which he drove innovation and transformation at the ATSB, seeing world-leading practices like a multi-modal teams approach to investigations, new recruitment practices and new technologies to support investigations introduced to the bureau.

Hood, with the other members of the ATSB Commission, approved more than 530 aviation, rail and maritime investigation reports for public release. Most high-profile of all those were the de Havilland Beaver crash on the Hawkesbury River in 2017, the crash of a US-registered C130 firebomber in the Snowy Mountains in 2020 and the Beech King Air crash at Essendon in 2017.

Not long after taking the role, Hood also assumed overall responsibility for the search for Boeing 777 MH370, which disappeared in 2014 and is presumed to be on the sea bed south-east of Perth in Australia's SAR zone,

ATSB Chief Operating Officer Colin McNamara will act as Chief Commissioner and CEO pending the appointment of Hood's successor.

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