The Accident Investigation Bureau(AIB),Nigeria has submitted the preliminary report of the air crash involving a Nigeria Air Force King Air 350 aircraft that occurred on May 21, 2021 to the Chief Of Air Staff(CAS),Air Marshal Oladayo Amao
An online statement jointly signed by the General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB,Nigeria ,Mr Tunji Oketunbi and the Director of Public Relations and Information , Air Commodore, Edward Gabkwet said that a total of 27 initial findings and 8 immediate safety recommendations were made for the convening authority as well as other aviation related agencies for immediate implementation.
The statement added that it is expected that the final report will contain the flight data recorder readout, the reviewed operator’s and service provider’s standard operating procedures as well as other detailed analysis.
Receiving the report, the CAS reiterated the main essence of activating the ‘joint investigative’ clause contained in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between NAF and AIB on July,2 2020.
According to him, the successful collaboration is a clear indication of the potency of collaboration in aircraft accident investigation, which must be encouraged.
Air Marshal Amao also noted that such collaborative efforts make accident investigations more transparent and open while also stating that the outcome of the investigation is not necessarily aimed at punitive measures but essentially at generally improving safety in the aviation industry.
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of AIB, Nigeria, Engr Akin Olateru stated that the joint investigation with the NAF was its first direct involvement in military air crash investigation in Nigeria and second investigation outside its mandate having also assisted Sao Tome and Principe in the past.
He also stated that copies of the report, with the endorsement of the CAS, will also be submitted to the Minister of Aviation,Senator Hadi Sirika and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to ensure that the recommendations addressed to aviation agencies are implemented.
The Commissioner also stated that although the accident involved a military aircraft and crew, it happened at a civil airport, adding that the involvement of AIB in the investigation by the Nigerian Air Force would help in closing the gaps on the civil aviation side.
Recalled that Air Marshal Oladayo Amao had about three months ago directed that a joint investigative body consisting of experienced NAF safety officers and AIB be constituted to investigate the circumstances surrounding the air crash, which crashed at the vicinity of Kaduna Civil Airport on May 21, 2021,