AIB Releases Four Accident, Incident Reports,12 Safety Recommendations

* Commissioner/CEO, Accident Investigation Bureau, (AIB), Engr. Akin Olateru, (middle), Director of Engineering, Engr. Mohammed Wali, (left) and General Manager, Engineering, Engr. Abdullahi Babanya at a press briefing on launch of the Bureau’s Application & Publication and Release of serious incident and accident report held at Air Safety House at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos


…Launches Mobile Apps  For Ease Of Reporting  Accidents, Incidents


Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB),the body saddled with the responsibility of investigating air incidents and accidents ,today released four reports  including  making 12 safety recommendations to the civil aviation authority for the improvement safety.

The reports are that involving a Boeing 737-500 with registration 5N-BLE belonging to Aero Contractors Company of Nigeria Ltd, which occurred at FL330 en route Kaduna Airport on   June 5, 2015 and reports on the Serious Incident to Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Socata TBM 850 aircraft with registration 5N-BZA which occurred Near Kaduna Airport, Kaduna, Nigeria on  May 21, 2013.

Others  reports  made public by AIB are the  accident involving GittoConstruczioni Generali Nigeria Limited Bell 407 helicopter with registration 5N-BIC at Uyo Airport, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria on October 21, 2009 and  reports on the serious incident involving International Aviation College (IAC) Diamond DA42 Aircraft with registration 5N-BNH, on Runway 23 of Ilorin International Airport, which occurred on August 18, 2014.

This is just as the Bureau also launched a mobile application, AIB Mobile App to give the investigators new and more convenient way to receive Aircraft Accident and Incident Report in real time and improve engagement with Nigerians by providing easy and open access to the Bureau and its activities.

The Commissioner AIB, Akin Olateru presented the four reports at the agency’s corporate headquarters at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport(MMA),Lagos today.

Olateru stated that in the last one year, the agencu had published 10 final reports, one Safety Bulletin and have made 35 safety recommendations  of which the industry particularly would benefit from.

* Commissioner/CEO, Accident Investigation Bureau [AIB], Engr.Akin Olateru [22nd left] presenting copies of AIB Accident reports to Chairman, League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents [LAAC], Mr.Olusegun Koiki during the launching of AIB Application Mobile for accident reporting and the release of accident reports at AIB Headquarters, Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Laogos yoday. With them are the Director of Engineering, Engr .Mohammed Wali, [left] and the General Manager, Engineering, Engr. Abdullahi Babanya

Olateru, who released causal factors of the crashes and incidents lamented it was disheartening releasing reports of incidents  accidents that  happened over 10 years ago, adding that no lesson would be learnt from it and that essence of accident investigation is to nknow the cause and prevent future occurenc.

To buttress  his point , Olateru specifically mentioned the accident involving Gitto Construczioni Generali, adding that at present the airline has ceased to operate,the owner is deceased  and that as a result there is no lesson to give to the aircraft owners.

On whether AIB is monitoring to ensure that safety recommendations are implemented , he stated that implementation was key to achieving safety  but that AIB does not have powers of enforcement,adding that that is why the body  is collaborating with the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA),who has the power to oversightairlines.

AIB, he said has published 35 safety recommendations  in 2017 and  that since inception in 2007,it  had published 117 safety recommendations.

On the mobile App unveiled , the AIB boss  stated that in the information age having a smart phone  was no longer luxury but essential.

He explained that the development of its mobile application is essential to its processes, as it extends relationship with users by providing: better access to news and updates, convenience and live reporting by eye witnesses in the event of accidents or incidents.

According to him,”Pictures can be uploaded on the app. This can assist greatly in investigations. AIB Mobile App as it is called, gives us a new and more convenient way to receive Aircraft Accident Report in real time, thus increasing promotional opportunities with push notifications and more which depicts its core objectives of Accident and Incidence investigation reports.”

He continued, “This App would improve engagement with Nigerians by providing easy and open access to the Bureau and its activities.

The Application is now available for free download on the Apple, Android and Google play stores. Details of which are now available on our website.”

He stated that AIB was talking with Benin Republic, Sao Tome and Principe Cape Verde towards assisting them in air accident investigation, adding that Nigeria is among the first 10 in accident investigation in the world.

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