The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with France and Saudi Arabia on airspace safety. AIB however said that research and other investigative activities on the agreement could not be implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The agency is also working in collaboration with the National Transport Safety Board in the U.S. and Singapore as well as Republic of Benin, the ECOWAS Commission and its member states.
The AIB Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Akin Olateru, who made this known while addressing newsmen during the ongoing Regional Enlightenment Symposium in Kano, said the recommendations were made from 2007 till date.
Olateru revealed that AIB has so far recommended over 100 standard safety and accident prevention to avert air space accidents in the country.
Olateru, who was represented by his General Manager, Public Affairs, Tunji Oketunbi, said “accident reports and recommendations are critical towards promoting safety and prevention of accidents. Discovery and establishing causes of airspace accidents are key to ensuring safety in airspace.”
He said the agency has also published 32 Final Airspace Accident Report in addition to four more reports it would soon release to the public domain. He added that nine more reports would soon be released to the public.
“AIB published 60 final accident reports since its inception in 2007. The 32 reports represent about 62% of the total published reports.
Olateru added that the agency had upgraded its Flight Safety Laboratory in Abuja, equipped with modern gadgets to enhance monitoring and investigation.
The exercise was attended by over 100 participants drawn from the aviation industry, Nigeria Air Force, army, police, customs, immigration, media, airline operators and other security organizations.