ACCIDENT Investigation Bureau( AIB) will release six final reports of accidents and incidents on the 25th of April, 2019 including the serious incident involving Delta Airlines Airbus A330-223 on the 14th of February 2018 which one of its engines caught fire causing the aircraft to return after takeoff.
Commissioner of the AIB, Akin Olateru made this known today in his Keynote address at the AIB 2019 Stakeholders’ Forum with a theme to Review Accident Investigation Bureau Regulations 2016 and its implications on stakeholders.
According to Olateru, apart from the Delta report, other final reports to be released are the Cessna 208B Caravan with registration 5N-BMJ belonging to late former governor Danbaba Suntai which happened October 25, 2012, Diamond DA40 aircraft belonging to International Aviation College ( IAC) Ilorin with registration 5N-BRD on November 25, 2013, also there is the 2018 Dana Runway incident in Port Harcourt Bristow helicopter Sikorsky S76C++ with registration 5N-BQJ on 3rd February of 2016, the Gulfstream 2000 belonging to NestOil with 5N-SRI in February 2018.
Olateru said he had sent the report of the Delta incident to the aircraft manufacturer, Airbus for the 60 day review before the release of the report and it returned from the manufacturers with ‘No Comment’ meaning a great deal of confidence is reposed in that final report.
The AIB Commissioner also revealed that the bureau is in the process of signing an agreement with France so the AIB can handle investigations of French-Speaking West African countries’ incident,” they appreciate what we are doing here, he said, “meaning we are doing something right.”
Meanwhile, Managing Director of Spring Fountain, Mr. Tunde Fagbemi while giving his keynote address explained the reason the industry was most regulated stating that accidents were a series of activities that happen but we’re preventable.
He said, ” Aviation is the most regulated industry in the world, why do we need to regulate and it’s unfortunate but Ethiopian knows the need for regulation, Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier know why aviation needs to be regulated. An accident is not what needs to happen, but it is something that we need to prevent. An accident is a culmination of many little events and the most fundamental objective of AIB is safety and issuing safety recommendations for the betterment of the industry.”