AIB Releases 5 New Accident Reports, Issues Safety Recommendations

The Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N) on Thursday released 5 new accident reports and safety guidelines to regulatory aviation agencies.

Commissioner/CEO, of the Bureau, Engr. Akin Olateru while speaking in Abuja at the release of the report noted that the newly released report make a total of 72 accident reports release by the Bureau since its establishment in 2007.

Olateru explained that the reports contain 12 safety recommendations for regulatory bodies and affected airlines.

According to Olateru, the reports include Accident Involving Quorum Aviation Limited Bell 206B3 Helicopter with registration 5N-BQW which occurred at Opebi, Lagos State on 28th August 2020 and the accident Involving Skypower Express Airways Nigeria Limited Air Tractor AT-401B with registration 5N-BTV which occurred at Rukubi Village 90 NM South East of Abuja on the 4th October, 2018.

Others include, the accident Involving Nigeria Police Airwing Bell 429 Helicopter with registration 5N-MDA which occurred at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on the 3rd of August, 2019 and the incident involving Skypower Express Airways Nigeria Limited Cessna 172 Aircraft with registration 5N-APE at Bini Village, Niger State on 19th November, 2019, and Bulletin-Report on the ground collision Involving a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Truck and Nigerian Air force Bell 412 Helicopter and registration NAF 600 which occurred at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on 15th June, 2020.

Olateru recommended that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) should ensure that all CBN personnel assigned to drive vehicles or access all Nigerian Airports are adequately and properly profiled and provided with Airside driving and compliance training.

He added that it should ensure that all CBN operated vehicles, equipment and personnel assigned to operate within or drive vehicles or access all Nigerian Airports are provided with appropriate Apron permit and access cards for identification and proper operational control at the Airside of all Nigerian airports.

Also, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) should ensure that all CBN personnel assigned to drive vehicles at all Nigerian Airports are provided with Airside driving and compliance training.

“Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) should ensure that agencies and organizations operating at the airside adhere strictly to all provisions of Airside Vehicle Control Manual (AVCM)

“Nigerian Civil Aviation (NCAA) should intensify its oversight to FAAN as regards the operation of vehicles on the Airside”.

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