May 15, 2021

Nigeria Transport Hub

…the epicentre for all transport modes

AIB-N, LAAC, IN SEARCH OF SOLUTION TO HUMAN ERRORS IN AIR MISHAP

4 min read

AIB Lagos Office, Air Safety House, MMIA, Ikeja

The League of Aviation and Airport Correspondent, LAAC, is irked by the fact of the extremely low flight globally in 2020 yet, the air transport world recorded fatality more than what was recorded in 2019 hence, the need for critical examination of the element of human error in air mishap especially on the domestic terrain.

It is in this light that the Accident Investigation Bureau-Nigeria, AIB-N, is collaborating with LAAC, for a talk-shop to critically examine factors and circumstances that could negatively impact on personnel’s performance which could in-turn pose as a clear and present danger to air safety.

Hence the duo, AIB-N and LAAC, have concluded arrangement for an international conference with the theme, “Preventing Human Factors in Accident Occurrences”, to be held in Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja, Lagos, on 15th January 2021.

In compliance to the guidelines set out by the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on Covid-19 and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), physical participation is limited to only 80 guests, while others would join the conference virtually through the Zoom network.

Speaking about the event already scheduled to kick off 9 am Friday, 15th January, Engr. Akin Olateru, Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, said that no fewer than 75 per cent of air accidents occurrence were due to human factors.

Engr. Akin Olateru, Commissioner/CEO, AIB, Capt Musa Nuhu, Director General NCAA

According to him, some of the human factors included inadequate training, poor facilities, fatigue and poor communication between the cockpit and the control tower, amongst others.

He explained that though, a few of the human errors in Nigeria in recent time did not necessarily lead to loss of human lives, but he lamented that the replacement of any damaged parts in aircraft due to human errors, could cost the operators millions of naira, which could have been channelled to other important aspects of their operations.

He hoped that through the conference, the aviation industry in the globe, especially in Nigeria, would be safer, insisting that some of the serious incidents and accidents were avoidable.

Besides, Olateru said that the bureau decided to partner with LAAC because of its antecedents in organizing successful conferences with useful communiqué, adding that as a league of journalists, the association had in several occasions, promoted air safety and robust issue-based national discourse.

Due to the Covid-19 protocols, physical attendance is restricted to only 80 participants. So, attendance is strictly by invitation. Other participants can join virtually through Zoom network with a code that would be generated and publicized very soon

AIB-N is statutorily responsible for investigating air accidents and serious incidents in the industry. Its duty is recognised by the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Annex 13 – Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation, which contains the international standards and recommended practices.

Dignitaries at one of the international events hosted by LAAC in Lagos, Nigeria

Also, LAAC, which is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), is an association of airport and aviation journalists, primarily responsible for reporting news events in the industry.

Highlighting the scientific component in the theme of the parley, especially how the subject is data-driven, Olateru said: “After an analysis of the several accident reports we have released since 2017, it has become apparent that about 75 per cent of these accidents and incidents had resulted from human factors”.

The AIB helmsman described the conference as part of the fulfilment of AIB’s mandate of preventing accident occurrences and reoccurrence and public advocacy of accident situational management.

Secretary, LAAC Conference Planning Committee, Mr Albinus Chiedu, said the conference was important in order to improve safety in Nigeria’s aviation industry.

He explained that the conference was also necessary at this time when the industry globally was just recovering from the impact of Covid-19 pandemic, stressing that at the peak of the disease, most aviation practitioners were out of jobs.

LEFT; Comrade Olusegun Koiki, Chairman, LAAC, Capt Musa Nuhu, Director General, NCAA and Mr Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Affairs, NCAA

Dignitaries expected at the talk-shop include the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, who is the Special Guest of Honour, while the Commissioner of AIB-N, Engr. Olateru will be the Lead Speaker. Another dignitary scheduled to grace the occasion is the Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu, who had been scheduled to deliver the Keynote Address of the day.

The program will feature a panel discussion session with representatives of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and other stakeholders.

Due to the Covid-19 protocols, physical attendance is restricted to only 80 participants. Hence, attendance is strictly by invitation. Other participants can join virtually on Zoom network through a code that would be generated and publicized very soon.

AIB-N is statutorily responsible for investigating air accidents and serious incidents in the industry. Its duty is recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Annex 13 – Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation, which contains the international standards and recommended practices.

Also, LAAC, which is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), is an association of airport and aviation journalists, primarily responsible for reporting news events in the industry,

Share
0Shares

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *