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Air crashes: AIB releases 35 final reports, 147 recommendations

Air crashes: AIB releases 35 final reports, 147 recommendations

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Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

The Accident Investigation Bureau says it has released a total of 147 safety recommendations in addition to 35 final reports of air crashes and incidents recorded within the Nigerian airspace since the inception of the agency.

The AIB Commissioner, Akin Olateru, stated this while receiving an award of the most innovative aviation agency given to the agency by the Association of Foreign Airlines Representatives in Nigeria.

According to him, so far, 45 per cent of the safety recommendations released to the public since 2006 are from the current management.

He said since the new management came onboard in January 2017, it had released more accident reports and safety recommendations than any management before it.

Olateru said, “The fact is we will continue to do more and contribute our quota to the development of the industry as a whole. As of today, we have released 35 final reports and a total of 147 safety recommendations since the inception of the AIB. We believe that this has impacted air safety, not only in Nigeria, but globally.

“With 66 safety recommendations out of 147 and 16 final reports out of 35 recorded from January 2017 to date, we have achieved 45 per cent of our safety recommendation and 46 per cent of publication of the accident and serious incident report.”

He said the award would spur the management to continue to discharge its duties devotedly to the sector, adding that through its recommendations, safety had been improved in the industry.

Olateru said, “I am very glad to receive this award on behalf of the AIB. This award goes to show to the world that the AIB has been contributing to the growth of the industry ever since it was established. Since we came onboard, we have released more accident and incident reports and recommendations than any other management before us.

The President of AFARN, Mr. Kingsley Nwokoma, said the AIB was selected based on its outstanding performance in the past one year.

He said the agency’s safety recommendations on incidents and accidents in recent time had helped to boost safety in the industry and prevent a recurrence, and urged other agencies and organisations in the sector to emulate the AIB.

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