Photo caption :The DG of NCAA, Capt. Missing Nuhu delivering his keynote address at the AIB-Nigeria /LAAC conferences at the weekend in Lagos.
The Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu has urged aviation stakeholders to perform their roles dutifully and conscientiously to prevent serious incidents and accidents in the industry .
The DG said this when he delivered a keynote address at a conference organized by the Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria(AIB-N) in partnership with the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) conference on prevention of human factors in air accident occurrences organised by the Accident Investigation Burea (AIB) in partnership with the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) at the weekend in Lagos.
He stated that the industry had only recorded one serious incident with fatalities in the last five years with the Quorum Helicopter crash of 2020,which killed three crew members on board,adding that the feat was achieved through the synergy of all stakeholders.
Stakeholders,said must not relax in doing the right thing to prevent accidents and save lives.
“We do not want to get it wrong and we do not want to have blood on our hands. The primary responsibility of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority is public safety and this is what we must assure through our safety oversight and shared responsibilities with the certified entities and licensed personnel.
“We must jettison the tag of being a reactive people to that of being proactive and predictive, where we must not allow existing latent conditions including those associated with human errors to precipitate into incidents and accidents,” Nuhu said.
Speaking further, the NCAA boss stated that while it is common knowledge, widely propagated within the industry that at least 70 per cent of aviation accidents are due to human factors, a review of the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST)/ICAO Common Taxonomy Team (CICTT) taxonomy for occurrence categories shows that there is no category of these occurrences ascribed to “human factors”.
“An in-depth review of the established different CICTT categories will show that humans are somehow practically involved in or interface with all the occurrence categories.
“This is the reason why the Safety Management Systems (SMS) classifies the above statement as a misconception as humans (especially frontline personnel) interface in almost, if not all probable causes of aviation accidents at the different stages of either design, production/manufacture, organizational, operational and maintenance processes and procedures.
“Human Factors can fundamentally and best be described as “Matching the Man (Person) to the Job and Matching the Job to the Man under the prescribed conditions”. This implies compatibility of the person to the job i.e. preparing, adapting, enabling, equipping and conforming the person to perform the assigned task to achieve the design and expected objectives.
“Any mismatch will contribute to human error and is a precursor to an accident,” he stated.