Nigeria’s Accident Investigation Bureau Submits Report On Crash That Killed Ex-Chief Of Army Staff, Others

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The Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria has submitted the interim report on the crash involving a military aircraft that killed Lt-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, former Chief of Army Staff to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Oladayo Amao.

The announcement was made in a statement issued by the bureau’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Tunji Oketumbi in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the former Chief of Army Staff, Attahiru, 54, was killed along with 10 others including aides and crew when the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) King Air -350 aircraft they were travelling in crashed in the northern state of Kaduna.

The Chief of the Air Staff had directed that a joint investigative body consisting of experienced Nigerian Air Force safety officers and Accident Investigation Bureau be constituted to investigate the circumstances surrounding the air crash.

The Commissioner of Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria, Mr Akin Olateru, presenting the report, said the bureau was submitting the interim report on the sad incident to Chief of Air Staff after about three months of full joint investigation.

The commissioner said that copies of the report, with the endorsement of the CAS, would also be submitted to the Ministry of Aviation and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to ensure that the recommendations addressed to aviation agencies were implemented.

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 signed between the Chief of Air Staff and the Accident Investigation Bureau on July 1, 2020.

Amao explained that the successful collaboration was a clear indication of the potency of collaboration in aircraft accident investigation, which must be encouraged.

The Chief of Air Staff stated also that the outcome of the investigation was not necessarily aimed at punitive measures but essentially at generally improving safety in the aviation industry.

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