Some air disasters avoidable, says AIB-N chief


By Kelvin Osa Okunbor

The Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria (AIB-N) yesterday said the majority of air accidents, including aviation disasters, could have been prevented if the necessary precautionary measures were put in place.

Its Commissioner, Akin Olateru, who spoke in Lagos, ahead of a forum being organised by the agency to examine ways of reducing the high rate of human errors in air crashes, said though, a few of the human errors in Nigeria in recent time did not necessarily lead to loss of human lives, he lamented that replacement of any damaged parts in aircraft due to human errors cost the operators millions of naira, which could have been channelled to other important aspects of their operations.

He said through the conference, the aviation industry would be safer, insisting that some of the serious incidents and accidents were avoidable.

He 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 have resulted from human factors.

“This conference is part of the fulfillment of AIB’s mandate of preventing accident occurrences and reoccurrence and public advocacy of accident situational management.

“The conference is expected to, among other things, educate airline and airport operators, aviation agency personnel, aviation reporters, accident emergency responders and other stakeholders on measures that can help reduce human factors in air accident and incident occurrences, while equipping aviation reporters with more knowledge for accurate reportage of accident and incident occurrences.”

He said the theme: “Preventing human factors in accident occurrences” was carefully chosen.

He listed issues constituting human factors to include inadequate training for technical personnel, poor facilities, fatigue and poor communication between the cockpit and the control tower.

The Minister of Aviation,  Hadi Sirika is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour, while Olateru will be the Lead Speaker.

No fewer than 300 industry stakeholders such as airline operators, airport operators, investigators, safety inspectors, pilots, engineers and Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) are expected to participate in the event.

The Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu, will be the Keynote Speaker.


Read the Source post on Latest Nigeria News, Nigerian Newspapers, Politics.