Posted by Sade Williams
The Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N), has released eight accident/incidents reports covering the period of 2010 to 2019.
The Bureau’s Commissioner, Engr. Akin Olateru, while announcing the release of the reports in Abuja on Thursday, also announced nine recommendations which are addressed to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the affected airlines and the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) among others.
According to him, the Bureau has released a total of 67 reports and 220 safety recommendations since its creation in 2007, out of which 48 reports and 139 safety recommendations were released during the present administration.
“The reports we are releasing today covers the period between 2010 and 2019. While one is classified as accident, the remaining seven are serious incidents. It is, however, important to note that investigation of aircraft accidents or incidents entails the same procedure and processes, which are geared towards the same destination – Air safety.
The Bureau has released a total of 67 reports and 220 safety recommendations since its creation in 2007, out of which 48 reports and 139 safety recommendations were during the present administration.”, he said.
The first report was on serious Incident involving a B737-500 aircraft operated by Air Peace Limited with nationality and registration marks 5N-BRN, which occurred at Port Harcourt Airport, Omagwa, Rivers State On 22nd June, 2019, the second was a report on the serious incident involving HS-125-700A aircraft operated by Associated Aviation Limited with nationality and registration marks 5N-BEX, which occurred at Benin Airport, Edo state, Nigeria on 10th July, 2011 while the third was a report on the serious incident involving a B737-200 aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-BIF owned and operated by Chanchangi Airlines, which occurred at Kaduna Airport, Runway 05, Kaduna State, Nigeria on 20th of August, 2010.
Others are the report on the serious Incident involving a Bombardier DHC-8-Q400 aircraft owned and operated by Arik Air Nigeria Ltd with nationality and registration marks 5N-BKX which occurred en route Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana on 6th March, 2018; report on the serious incident involving a Boeing 737- 500 aircraft operated by Med-View Airline with nationality and registration marks 5N-BQM, which occurred at FL320 en route Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos On 23rd July, 2019; report on the Accident involving a Hawker
Siddeley HS-125-800 XP aircraft owned and operated by SWAT Technology Limited with nationality and registration marks N497AG, which occurred on Runway 21, Port-Harcourt Airport, Omagwa, Rivers State On 11th June, 2015; report on the Serious Incident involving an Airbus 330-343 aircraft operated by Turkish Airlines Inc. with nationality and registration marks TC-LOL, which occurred at Port Harcourt Intl. Airport, Omagwa, Rivers State, Nigeria On 31st December 2019 and the report on the Serious Incident involving Boeing 737- 300 aircraft owned and operated by Air Peace Limited with nationality and registration marks 5N-BUK which occurred at Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos on 15th May, 2019.
The AIB in its nine recommendations said: Turkish Airlines Inc. should ensure flight crew adherence to provisions of the Standard Operating Procedures as contained in the Turkish Airlines Flight Crew Techniques Manual vis-à-vis landing techniques.
It also recommended that Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) should ensure the serviceability of DNPO runway lighting systems during all operations.
As for the serious incident involving a Chanchangi aircraft, it noted that the issuance of the Nigeria CAR 2009 and the revision in 2015 has addressed the areas of shortcomings identified in the investigation, therefore, no safety recommendations are made.
Two safety Recommendation were made on the Arik Air incident.
The Bureau said Arik Air Nigeria Ltd should ensure that flight crew execute appropriate checklist items completely in line with the aircraft Flight Crew Operating Manual (FCOM) and Quick Reference Handbook (QRH).
While it recommended that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) should ensure that flight crew type-rated on Bombardier DHC-8-Q400 should undergo further training on “The effects of smoke in an enclosed area and actual use of relevant equipment in a simulated smoke environment”.