ICAO, NTSB Train AIB, Others On Accident,Incident Investigation
International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the United States of America are partnering to train Nigeria’s Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) officials and other stakeholders on accident/incident investigation.
AIB is the agency charged with determining the causes of aircraft accident and serious incident with a view to preventing future re-occurrence of similar incident.
The training which is part of efforts to boost capacity building in the aviation industry will last for one week.
An online statement signed by the Head, Public Affairs, Tunji Oketunbi explained that the workshop, which would be facilitated by the two international organisations, seeks to deepen the knowledge, and sharpen the skills of the participants drawn from AIB, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), domestic airlines and members of the Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency (BAGAIA).
The training tagged, “ICAO Accident/Incident Investigation Workshop” according to AIB will hold in Lagos from September 25, 2017.
The organisation further stated that the training would navigate the participants through various aspects of accident investigation including Annex 13 guidance materials, investigating organisational factors and human performance, records investigation, investigating rotorcraft accidents and incidents, on-site investigation and flight recorders.
AIB added that the training will also cover fire investigation, managing large scale accident and incident investigation, emergency response and record investigation among others.
It listed the facilitators to include the Managing Director of NTSB, Mr Dennis Jones, who for many years was the NTSB representative in Africa and Mr. Andre de Kock from ICAO.
Speaking on the training, the Commissioner/CEO of AIB Engr. Akin Olateru stated the current management in AIB had made capacity development one its cardinal programmes and has been galvanising several quarters and partnering various global organizations to ensure that investigators are adequately trained, adding that this workshop is one of the fallouts of such deft moves.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with ICAO and NTSB on this important training. We value the cooperation and technical assistance we have been receiving from these organizations, which would greatly complement our efforts to make AIB formidable. Capacity development, infrastructural improvement, system and process re-engineering remain our focus in making sure that AIB contributes meaningfully to aviation safety for the common good of all,” Olateru said.
Olateru said that soon thereafter and that as a follow up to the classroom experience, AIB investigators trained at workshop would be constituted into two teams and would proceed on ‘On the Job Training’ (OJT) with NTSB in the United States and the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) in Singapore.
He explained that while the first team proceeds to the NTSB sometime in October 2017, on their return the next team would proceed to Singapore in November 2017.
Speaking on the necessity of the OJT, Engr. Akin Olateru said, “Capacity building is so vital to AIB’s job functions. This guarantees that all reports and safety recommendations issued out by AIB is hoisted on the certainty that they do not miss out any vital subject matter in their investigations that impacts safety. Consequently, practical hands-on training which is what an OJT is all about cannot be ‘one too many’, when it comes to training.”
He continued, “As a matter of fact, NTSB downloads over 500 CVR and FDR (Black Boxes) annually: this is without a doubt one of the best environments to learn from; affording real case studies, in real time, with up to date world standard equipment’s/laboratories and among the best trained and qualified investigating professionals”.