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NSIB reassures Nigerians of its ability to take on intermodal investigation; releases 7 final reports, 20 safety recommendations

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Engr Akin Olateru, Director General, Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau, NSIB

The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau, (NSIB), has released seven final reports of accidents and serious incidents of air mishaps that occurred within the Nigerian airspace to the public.

The Bureau also issued a total of twenty (20) safety recommendations addressed to the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), the affected airlines, among others, as safety measures to prevent future reoccurrence of similar incidents.

Addressing newsmen during the presentation of the reports at the Bureau Headquarters, Safety House, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport(NAIA) , Abuja, NSIB Director General, Engr. Akin Olateru, disclosed that the newly released reports make a total of 82 aircraft accident reports released by the Bureau since its inception in 2007 while a total of 63 reports were released by the current leadership from 2017 till date.

He said this year alone, seven accident reports and 30 safety recommendations have been released. Olateru added that the Bureau had also released a total of two hundred and seventy-two ( 272) safety recommendations since its inception, of which a total of hundred and ninety-one ( 191) of recommendations were equally released by the current management.

Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau, NSIB Laboratory, Abuja

He also assured of NSIB’s commitment to quality investigation of accidents and serious incidents through improving processes, human capacity, and equipment, among others.

He narrated on the manpower needs that it was only on the rail that there were gaps, and of which the bureau had commenced upgrading of its manpower and building capacity of an appreciable number of investigators to efficiently and effectively close the item.

Olateru disclosed there were personnel already trained to conduct investigations on serious incidents and accidents in the maritime, road, and air modes of transportation.

Olateru enthused, “we remain committed to improving our processes, human capacity, and equipment, to fulfill our mandate effectively, purposefully, and professionally”, he said.

The report of the serious incident involving ATR 72 with Registration Marks 5N- BPG owned and operated by Overland Airways Ltd which occurred at Ilorin Airport on 29th November 2014.

Reports released by NSIB included the serious incident involving Bristow helicopters Nigeria Ltd, with Registration marks 5N BSN which occurred at port Harcourt Military Airport (NAF BASE) on the 9th March, 2020.

The serious incident involving B737-300 with Registration Marks 5N- BUO, belonging to Air peace Ltd, which occurred at FL 310 en route to Enugu, from Lagos, on 14th December 2018.

L-R: Mrs Maryam Shekoni, DGM, Planning, Research and Statistics, Mrs Ramatu Aliyu Mohammed, DGM, Human Resources, Engr. Hashim Wali, Director of Engineering, Engr. Akin Olateru, Director General, NSIB, Alh. Suraj Adamu, GM, Audit, and Engr. Frank Odita, GM, Operations, at the release of seven accident reports by the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau in Abuja.

Also released was the report of a serious incident involving British Aerospace, BAE 125 -8008, with Registration Marks 5N- B00, operated by Gyro Aviation Ltd, which occurred at Port Harcourt, Nigeria on 16th July 2020.

The report of the serious incident involving a Dornier 328-100 with Registration Marks 5N- DOX, operated by Dornier Aviation Nigeria- AIEP, (DANA) Ltd., which occurred at Port Harcourt Military Airport on 23rd January 2019, was also released.

Also released by the Bureau was the final report of the serious incident involving Airbus 330- 243 aircraft operated by Middle East Airlines with Registration Marks OD- MEA, and a parked Boeing 777 aircraft operated by Turkish Airlines, with Registration Marks, TC EJC, which occurred at Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria, on 29th July 2020.

The released reports also included a serious incident involving British Aerospace BAE 125 800B aircraft with Nationality and Registration Marks 5N- BOO, operated by Gyro Aviation Ltd., which occurred at Osubi Airstrip, Warri, Nigeria on 10th September 2020.

The Bureau’s Director General in his final remarks said the details of the reports, which included the factual information, findings, analysis, conclusions, and safety recommendations on the investigations are available for download on the Bureau‘s website. www.aib.gov.ng

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