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Higgs & Johnson aviation attorney, Keith O. Major, Jr., has been appointed Deputy Chairman of The Aircraft Accident Investigation Authority (AAIA), the independent aviation accident investigation authority of the Bahamas. The AAIA, which now operates under the Ministry of Transport and Local Government, was first established as a separate entity in 2016 and transformed into a separate and autonomous authority in December 2019. The AAIA investigates aviation accidents and incidents to determine what happened and to make recommendations to improve safety.

“On behalf of Higgs & Johnson, I wish to congratulate Keith on his appointment as Deputy Chairman of the Board”, said Co-Managing Partner, Oscar N. Johnson, Jr. “We resolutely support the engagement of our Attorneys in the civic affairs of our country and are pleased he has been selected to serve in this manner.”

“I am sincerely thankful to the Government of The Bahamas for providing me this opportunity to render service to my community in an area that I am extremely passionate about,” noted Keith O. Major, Jr. “I am of the firm belief that the sky is truly the limit with respect to Bahamian aviation; and I look forward to making my contribution in this new capacity.”

Keith is the first Bahamian to obtain an LL.M. in International Aviation Law, completing his program requirements with straight A’s and the top score among his cohorts in both Private and Public International Aviation Law. He has recently authored commentaries on aviation law topics including: drones, ‘hacking’ and air accident investigations in The Bahamas. Keith provided The Bahamas chapters in both the Legal 500 Aviation Country Comparative Guide (2020) and Lexology Getting the Deal Through – Air Transport (2021).

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