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AIB to review air accident investigation regulations

AIB to review air accident investigation regulations

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Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

The Accident Investigation Bureau says it plans to review its existing regulations on incident and accident investigation in order to accommodate latest changes in the global aviation industry.

The AIB Commissioner, Akin Olateru, said the need to review the AIB’s regulations was also part of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s findings the last time it audited the bureau.

He said the review, which would take place before the end of the year, had been communicated to concerned stakeholders in the industry.

“ICAO observed that there were lots of gaps in the current regulations, which called for this review. As a responsible organisation, you have to constantly put your regulations, processes, systems and standard operating procedure to test to make sure there is still life and they are still going to work in accordance with your objectives. And, if you find any gap, you need to review it,” he said.

He added that the bureau was working to improve its activities in conformity with European standards to help it retain its position as the incident and accident investigation leader in the continent.

According to him, the AIB had in February 2016 carried out a similar review in Lagos, which improved its activities and duties to the entire aviation industry.

“Some of the existing regulations of the AIB have since become outdated and needed changes,” he said.

Olateru stated that the ICAO recently reviewed its Annex 18 to accommodate new developments in the industry, adding that in order to remain relevant, an organisation such as AIB would need to consistently look at its regulations.

He said, “The AIB came to bear in 2007 via the Civil Aviation Act 2006; our regulation was designed to guide how we do things. That regulation is outdated; it has to be reviewed. Regulation basically is to guide the stakeholders and to let everybody know this is how reporting system is done.

“If you look at Annex 18, it has just been reviewed by ICAO. We need to bring our regulations to speed to capture those new areas because you have to constantly review how you do things for you to stay relevant; if not, you will become outdated. It is easier to review regulations than to review the Act. Act is forever.”

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