Chief of Air Staff receives interim report on Kaduna air crash
After about three months of painstaking joint investigation, the Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, Engr Akin Olateru FNSE, has submitted an interim report on the accident to the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Amao, at his office at NAF Headquarters, Abuja.
A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) King Air -350 aircraft had crashed at the vicinity of Kaduna Civil Airport on 21 May 2021, killing many officers.
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao had directed that a joint investigative body consisting of experienced NAF safety officers and the Accident Investigative Bureau (AIB) be constituted to investigate the circumstances surrounding the air crash.
The details of the report are contained in a statement jointly signed by NAF Spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Director of Public
Relations and Information and Tunji Oketunbi, General Manager (Public Affairs) Accident Investigation Bureau.
It said the submitted report is organized into three sections namely; the information obtained in the course of the investigation; analysis of data collected in view of the Board’s Terms of Reference; and the conclusion, which covers the initial findings and immediate recommendations.
According to the statement, at the interim stage, a total of 27 initial findings and 8 immediate safety recommendations were made for the convening authority, as well as other aviation-related agencies for immediate implementation.
It said it is expected that the final report will contain the flight data recorder readout, the reviewed operator’s and service provider’s standard operating procedures, as well as other detailed analysis.
The statement further said that while receiving the report, the CAS reiterated the main essence of activating the ‘joint investigative’ clause contained in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the NAF and the AIB on 1 July, 2020.
According to the statement, Amao stressed that the successful collaboration was a clear indication of the potency of collaboration in aircraft accident investigation, which must be encouraged.
It said Amao also noted that such collaborative efforts make accident investigations more transparent and open, while also stating that the outcome of the investigation was not necessarily aimed at punitive measures but essentially aimed at generally improving safety in the aviation industry.
“On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of AIB, Engr Akin Olateru stated that the joint investigation with the NAF was its first direct involvement in military air crash investigation in Nigeria and second investigation outside its mandate having also assisted Sao Tome and Principe in the past.
“He also stated that copies of the report, with the endorsement of the CAS, will also be submitted to the Hon. Minister of Aviation and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to ensure that the recommendations addressed to aviation agencies are implemented.
“The Commissioner also stated that although the accident involved a military aircraft and crew, it happened at a civil airport, adding that the involvement of AIB in the investigation by the Nigerian Air Force would help in closing the gaps on the civil aviation side,” the statement added