AIB Submits Interim Report On Crash That Killed Attahiru, 10 Others

AIB Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Engr Akin Olateru, presents a report on the recent Air Force plane crash to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Amao in Abuja on September 15, 2021.

 

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) on Wednesday submitted its interim report on the Air Force plane crash that killed the former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other military officers.

AIB Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Akin Olateru submitted the report to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao in Abuja, four months after the tragic incident that occurred in Kaduna State.

This was disclosed in a statement jointly signed by the Air Force Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet and AIB General Manager of Public Affairs, Tunji Oketunbi.

“After about three months of painstaking joint investigation, the Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of AIB, Engr Akin Olateru FNSE, today 15 September 2021 submitted an interim report on the sad incident to the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Amao, at his office at NAF Headquarters, Abuja,” the statement partly read.

“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.

“It should be noted that at this 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 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.”

While receiving the report, the Chief of Air Staff 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 1st July, 2020.

According to him, the successful collaboration is a clear indication of the potency of partnership in aircraft accident investigation which must be encouraged.

Air Marshal Amao also noted that such collaborative efforts make accident investigations more transparent while stating that the outcome of the investigation is not necessarily aimed at punitive measures but essentially at improving safety in the aviation industry.

AIB Investigates Plane Collision At International Airport, Lagos

A file photo of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
A file photo of the front view of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, south-west Nigeria.

 

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has launched an investigation into a collision involving two planes at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

The General Manager of Public Affairs at the Bureau, Tunji Oketunbi, confirmed this in a draft statement on Thursday.

He explained that the accident which occurred on Wednesday involved two planes operated by the Middle East and Turkish Airlines.

The Turkish cargo plane was said to have been parked at the international apron when the Middle East airbus was taxing before it ran into it.

According to Oketunbi, the plane on motion cut through the tail cone of the other aircraft and damaged part of its right horizontal stabiliser.

He added that all passengers on the Middle East plane, thereafter, disembarked from the aircraft without any injury or fatality.

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A logo of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

 

The Bureau’s spokesman warned against pre-empting the cause of the incident until a formal report was issued.

Wednesday’s incident was said to have sparked an uproar at the airport.

Read the full statement below:

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Accident Investigation Bureau has been notified and has commenced investigation into a serious incident involving an Airbus A330-243 with the Nationality registration Marks OD-MEA operated by Middle East Airline and a Boeing 777 with Nationality and registration Marks TC-LJC operated by Turkish Airline, which occurred on the 29th July 2020 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The Turkish cargo aircraft was parked at the international apron when the Middle East airbus was taxing before it ran into it, cutting through the tail cone and damaged part of the right horizontal stabilizer of the Turkish aircraft.

All passengers on the Middle East Airline had to disembark with no injury or fatality.

The Bureau will appreciate that the general public and press do not pre-empt the cause of the serious incident until a formal report is issued.

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Tunji Oketunbi

General Manager, Public Affairs

Accident Investigation Bureau.

AIB Releases Preliminary Reports On Incidents Involving Air Peace

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The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Nigeria has released the preliminary reports on serious incidents involving three aircraft owned and operated by Air Peace Limited.

The preliminary reports are not the final reports as they contain details of the initial facts, discussions and findings surrounding the occurrences; which include information gathered from witness statements, flight recorders, Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) Data, Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) data, and preliminary inspection of the accident sites and the wreckages.

Therefore, the investigations on these serious incidents are still ongoing and final reports on these occurrences will be released at the conclusion of these investigations.

The reports released by AIB included the serious incident involving Air Peace Limited B737-300 aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-BUK at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on May 15, 2019.

AIB also released the report on the serious incident involving the airline’s B737-500 aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-BRN at Port Harcourt International Airport, Port Harcourt on June 22, 2019.

Also released is the report on the serious incident involving Air Peace Limited B737-300 aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-BQO at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on July 23, 2019.

AIB Probes ‘Serious Incident’ Involving Air Peace Plane

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The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) says it is investigating a serious incident involving an aircraft operated by Air Peace.

AIB’s Corporate Communications Executive, Stanley Olisa, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, hours after the incident occurred.

The aircraft was said to have departed Murtala Muhammad Airport, Lagos in the morning for Owerri, the Imo State capital with 90 passengers and six crew members on board.

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The flight crew reportedly declared an engine failure minutes later and subsequently made an air return to Lagos, landing safely while all occupants disembarked safely.

In its reaction, the airline explained that it had to abort its Lagos to Owerri flight which was already airborne when the pilot in command noticed a change in the parameter of one of the engines.

It added that the aircraft returned to base in line with its safety procedures.

Read the statement from AIB below:

Today at about 07:47 local time, our Lagos to Owerri flight, which was already airborne was aborted when the pilot in command noticed a change in the parameter of one of the engines.

He reported the incident, took precautionary measure and returned to base in line with Air Peace safety operational procedures.

The aircraft safely landed in Lagos at about 08: 06 local time. There were no injuries as the passengers were safely deboarded from the aircraft.

The pilot has reported the incident to appropriate authorities.

Air Peace apologises for the incident and assures its customers and other Nigerians that it continues to maintain high safety standards in its operations.

Signed,

Stanley Olisa

Corporate Communications Executive

AIB Releases Report On Crash Of Osinbajo’s Helicopter

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A helicopter conveying Vice President Yemi Osinbajo crash-landed in Kogi State on February 2, 2019.

 

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has released a preliminary report of an investigation into the helicopter crash involving Agusta Westland W 139 Caverton Helicopters which flew Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to Kabba in Kogi State.

In the report released on Wednesday, the AIB said the crew lost visual contact with the ground at about 50 feet owing to a brownout – (dust generated when landing on a sandy area) – that enveloped the helicopter.

According to the agency, the helicopter experienced a hard landing and consequently rolled over.

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While the AIB says the investigation into the crash is still ongoing, the Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Akin Olateru, gave two safety recommendations to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the operator, Caverton Helicopters Limited.

Olateru asked the NCAA to issue an advisory circular to helicopter operators on the effects of brown out and how to mitigate its effects.

Secondly, he asked Caverton Helicopters to carry out proper risk analysis and assessment before operating flights into unapproved landing pad.

The chopper carrying the Vice President, his entourage and three crew members, had crash-landed at the Kaaba Stadium on February 2.

There were, however, no casualties.

FG Commences Investigation Into Dana Air Mishap

 

The Federal Government has commenced investigation into the accident involving an airline operated by Dana Airline.

The investigation is being carried out by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

AIB under the Federal Ministry of Transportation is set up to investigate any civil aircraft accident and serious incident in Nigerian airspace. It is aimed at improving aviation safety by determining the circumstances and causes of air accidents in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has also heightened safety oversight over the operator after the accident.

The investigation by AIB is in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 13. ‎

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Dana Air Plane Overshoots Runway In Port Harcourt

Spokesperson of the Ministry of State, Aviation James Odaudu, said this in a statement made available to Channels Television on Wednesday. He said efforts are in place to continuously enhance safety and security in the aviation sector.

“Efforts are in place to continuously enhance Safety and Security in our industry in accordance with the reformation agenda of the Buhari Administration for the aviation sector,” the statement read in part.

The Ministry aviation in the statement also sympathised with the passengers on the aircraft over the traumatic experience and assures that the Federal Government will not falter in its commitment to the safety and security of lives and property in the Nigerian airspace.

The plane belonging to Dana Air on Tuesday, February 20 was involved in an accident. This was after it overshot the runway in Port Harcourt Airport while flying from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the nation’s capital Abuja.

The aircraft had the following details: 5N-SRI, flight number: 0348, Type: MD 83. 54 passengers were on board including five crew members. Everyone on board were evacuated safely and no reported casualties. The weather condition was rainy.

The Airport was thereafter closed briefly for safety reasons. It was reopened after proper assessment on Wednesday morning.

FG To Resuscitate AIB Laboratory

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The Federal Government has announced the resuscitation of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) laboratory designed to download information from flight data and cockpit voice recorders.

The Commissioner in charge of the AIB, Mr Akin Olateru, made the announcement on Monday at a news conference in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Olateru noted that with the development, the government has again reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring the safety of the nation’s air space.

He explained that the laboratory, which was installed in 2012, was under-utilised due to challenges from the manufacturers and lack of human capacity to manage it.

The commissioner said that the optimum performance of the laboratory was central to the Bureau’s contribution to air safety in Nigeria and the sub-region.

He added that the AIB has resolved to meet the expectation of Nigerians to ensure early release of accident reports through the resuscitation of the laboratory.

NAMA, NIMET, NCAT And AIB Get New Bosses

Avaition: NAMA, NIMET, NCAT And AIB Get New BossesPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved the appointments of four persons to head some key agencies in Nigeria’s aviation sector.

The approval was made public in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Aviation, Sabiu Zakari.

The affected agencies are: Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, as well as the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

Captain Fola C. Akinkuotu, who is a seasoned transport pilot, flight and aircraft maintenance engineer, airline chief executive and a trained aviation industry regulator, has been appointed the Director General of NAMA.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Abuja, and a professor of geography with specialty in Environmental Application of Remote Sensing, Sani Abubakar Mashi, becomes the Director General of NIMET.

According to the statement, Captain Abdulsalam Mohammed is the new Rector at NCAT, while Mr Akinola Olateru is the Commissioner for AIB.

Captain Mohammed is an alumnus of NCAT and a renowned civil aviation trainer and examiner with accreditation by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority and the Federal Civil Aviation Administration.

Mr Olateru, on his part, is an engineer of international repute, a trained air accident manager and a certified safety officer with aircraft maintenance engineering licences in Nigeria, USA and the United Kingdom.

Bristow Helicopter Makes “Controlled Landing”

bristowAll eleven passengers and crew members on board the Bristow Helicopter enroute Lagos from Port Harcourt have been rescued alive.

The aircraft A 5N BJQ, Bristow Helicopter flying at 1,500 feet with nine passengers was earlier reported missing.

The South-west spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye says that rescue operatives hit the ground running when they heard about the helicopter’s distress.

The regulatory body, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in its comment explained that the helicopter made what it called a “controlled landing” after it became obvious it was experiencing difficulties on air.

In August 2015, a Bristow helicopter carrying 12 people plunged into the lagoon behind Oworonsoki Police Station.

An eyewitness said the incident occurred at about 3PM on Wednesday, August 12.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) identified the crashed helicopter as belonging to Bristow Helicopters with registration number 5N- BDG-760540.

Channels Television CEO Spearheads Media Revolution In Africa

John Momoh on African MediaChannels Television is blazing the trail yet again and on this occasion with an eye on the continent.

At a conference organised by the Association for International Broadcasting, AIB, and Channels Television in London on Thursday, the station’s Chairman/CEO, Mr John Momoh, called for a stronger synergy towards the planned digital migration for 2015.

Towards seizing the opportunities in the African media landscape, he said: “This is the time for us to seize the day in Africa and we believe that Channels Television has what it takes to be part of what promises to be a successful broadcast industry in the continent.”

As the digital migration set for 2015 unfolds, media content and service delivery, plus deficits in skilled manpower, have been identified to constrain the industry, and the CEO, African Media Initiative, Amadou Mahtar Ba believes that “small content producers can team up together and come up with something totally powerful.”

Mr Momoh and his counterparts also agreed that opportunities for media engagement in the continent were not being deployed for development, owing to several factors limiting the growth of the broadcast industry with Mr George Twumasi of the African Broadcasting Network also saying: “We have to stop thinking about the limitations we impose on Africa; if the content is good, Africans will buy it.”

With over 50 countries across the continent, access to information should be a top strategy for economic growth. Africans are best positioned to tell their own story. However, an integrated media network is lacking and Mr Momoh revealed Channels Television’s eye on a pan African news network, a revolution which he says calls for partnerships.

“My vision is to work with like-minded colleagues within Nigeria, in Africa and across the globe to create an enabling environment and consortium that would result in the establishment of a credible news and factual programming based television network with intent to enlighten through entertainment, (and) the establishment of low-cost free view DTH (Direct To Home) platform which millions across Nigeria and Africa will be able to afford,” he said.

This vision explains the signing of a news partnership agreement between Channels Television and the Voice of America for free flow of news and information, as well as joint collaborations.

The conference, holding at the New Zealand House, London, was a convergence of top notch broadcasters and communications experts, including the Chief Executive, Association for International Broadcasting, Simon Spanswick, who noted that “Channels TV has played a big part in revolutionizing African television and Nigerian television in particular.”

The Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission, Emeka Mba, was also present at the conference and he foresees a more prosperous media industry in the digital broadcast era.

AIB Stepping Up Measures To Enhance Air Safety – Mukthar Usman

The Accident Investigation Bureau has said that it is stepping up measures in its bid to promote safety in the nation’s airspace.

One of these measures is creating a prevention roadmap by putting its new download laboratory to pro-active use by studying data from aircraft recorders.

This was made known by the commissioner of the bureau, Captain Mukhtar Usman, who added that several of its safety recommendations from past accident investigations have been implemented.

 

 

Investigators Blame Pilots, Airline For Bellview, ADC crashes

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) on Saturday officially released to the public over 20 aircraft accident reports.

The reports, posted on the AIB website (www.aib.gov.ng)  include the October 22, 2005 mishap of Bellview Airlines Flight 210 in Lisa, Ogun State, which killed all 117 passengers on board.

The reports also included those involving Sosoliso in Port-Harcourt airport in 2005 where over a hundred school children of the prestigious Loyola Jesuit College and a popular preacher, Bimbo Odukoya met their death.

For the Sosoliso crash, the weather reports obtained from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), and the one compiled from the satellite imagery by the Boeing aircraft company (USA), showed that there was a change in the wind speed and direction when the aircraft was approaching the station.

Other reports are AIB interim report on Beechcraft 1900D accident at Bushi village in Obanlinku local government of Cross River State on march 15, 2008, report on the accident to Boeing 737 aircraft registered 5N-AUA that crashed at the new Kaduna airport on November 13, 1995, the 2008 Nigeria police force’s Bell 412 helicopter and the September 7th accident involving DHL, registration ZS-DPF, at Murtala Muhammed international airport, Ikeja, Lagos and on the accident involving Tampico club 9 aircraft, reg. 5N-CBF at Zaria, Kaduna state on October 10, 2006, among others.

The AIB had concluded its investigations on the air calamities and came up with the reports, but successive Ministers of Aviation had failed to make the reports public.

The AIB, based at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, carried out the investigations in accordance with Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Act 2006, and Civil Aviation (Investigation of Air Accidents and Incidents) Regulations.

Hence, it stated that in accordance with Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, it is not the purpose of aircraft accident/serious incident investigations to apportion blame or liability.

It advised readers that the AIB investigates for the sole purpose of enhancing aviation safety, and consequently, “its reports are confined to matters of safety significance and should not be used for any other purpose.”

It added that, “recommendations in this report are addressed to the regulatory Authorities of the state (NCAA),” and “it is for this authority to decide what action is taken.”