Accident Investigation Bureau To Release Preliminary Report On NAF Aircraft Crash In One Week

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The Commissioner of Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Akin Olateru on Thursday in Abuja said the preliminary report on the recent Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft crash in Kaduna would be ready in a week.

Olateru made the announcement at the release of eight accident reports which covered 2010 and 2019.

A Beechcraft 350, belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), crashed around the Kaduna International Airport on May 21 in which General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff, and 10 other military personnel perished in the crashed helicopter.

Attahiru was on his way to Kaduna to attend the Passing-Out Parade of army recruits which was scheduled for the following day.

Olateru, who said AIB had analysed the aircraft’s flight data recorder (FDR) and the cockpit voice recorder (CVR), maintained that only the military has the authority to disclose the content of the preliminary report.

According to him, despite the paralyzing effects of COVID-19, the bureau had remained committed to its mandate by working all through the pandemic to clear outstanding reports.

The commissioner said one of the reports was classified as “accident” while the remaining seven were serious “incidents”.

He said the bureau had released a total of 69 reports and 220 safety recommendations since its creation in 2007, pointing out that 48 reports and 139 safety recommendations were made under the present administration.

He added that the eight reports being released were with a total of nine safety recommendations which were addressed to the regulatory body, the affected airlines and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), among others.

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