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Crashes: Associated’s report, 26 others pending, says AIB

The reports of the investigations into the air crashes involving Associated Airlines, Nigerian Police Force helicopter that crashed in Kaduna, and four other accidents will be released in October, the Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau, Mr. Akin Olateru, has said.
An Associated Airline plane conveying the corpse of a former Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Agagu, to Akure crashed near the Lagos airport in October 2013, leaving some fatalities, while an Assistant Inspector General of Police died in the helicopter crash in Kaduna.

Olateru also disclosed that 27 accident reports had yet to be released by the agency due to inadequate funding.

He, however, said the agency was making efforts to release as many reports as possible very soon.

The AIB commissioner spoke in an exclusive interview with our correspondent in Lagos.

He said, “We have 27 pending accident reports. In the next 90 days, we should turn out six. Two have gone out for what we call public review. We have sent copies of the reports to the aircraft engine manufacturers, aircraft manufacturers, the civil aviation authorities, and the users of the aircraft.

“What we do here is in line with the guidance material of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, Annex 13. The document requires that before we turn out any report, we must send it out for 60 days for public review, for the stakeholders to come up with any observation or comment. And that is the stage some of these reports are right now.

“We got some feedback from Pratt & Whitney, one of the engine manufacturers, last week. We got feedback from the Canadian Civil Aviation Authority and Bell Helicopters. We are going to collate those and review them if there is any need to do so before we publish the report for the public.”

Olateru also said the agency was working to ensure that safety recommendations made by it to the industry were implemented to the letter.

According to him, the AIB has created a unit that will ensure that no stone is left unturned as far as the implementation of the recommendations is concerned.

The AIB commissioner stated, “This is a very major aspect of what we do. But you need to be mindful of what you do. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the AIB represent Nigeria and we both have different roles. The NCAA’s role is to regulate the industry, while the AIB has the role of investigating accidents and come up with safety recommendations for the industry so as to prevent future occurrences. Safety recommendations are our end products.

“What I am doing is that I am setting up a department and all they are going to be doing is to follow up on safety recommendations. We are putting a database to them.

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