The former Head of Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Angus Ozoka, says that investigating past accidents is crucial to air safety in the country as a whole, as recommendations put forward by the Bureau will go a long way in curbing future accidents.

He stated this while reacting to a publication in the media, titled: Air Peace Concealed Major Aircraft Incidents from Us – AIB, which was a press release by the Accident Investigation Bureau.

The bureau had lamented that Air Peace did not lodge any report of an incident with it but reported to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

Ozoka described the publication as unprecendented, noting that accident investigation involved pain-staking research work that should not be exposed to media propaganda.

He stated, “After carefully reading the article and as a concerned Nigerian, I have the following observations and comments on the matter.

“The damage assessment by AIB did not reveal that an accident or serious incident occurred as hard landing does not equate to an accident or serious incident.

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“According to AIB, the nature of the damage suggests a high probability of an accident but it is difficult to see how such a conclusion can be reached when a thorough investigation was not carried out.

“Accident investigation is a pain-staking research work, which follows a whole process involving the gathering and analysis of information, the drawing of conclusions after determination of cause(s), and making safety recommendations,” he said.

He said that after the incident in question, Air Peace grounded its affected aircraft – B737-300 with registration 5N-BUK, awaiting hard landing inspection.

Ozoka added, “The aircraft was not put back into operation and it is not operating at the moment and so, it is difficult to see what wrong Air Peace has committed.

“If, according to the airline, a Mandatory Occurrence Report, MOR, was filed with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority in writing on May 17, 2019, after a notification was made on May 16, 2019, i.e. within two days of the incidents; the NCAA should confirm whether this assertion is true, and if so confirmed, Air Peace has done no wrong.”

 

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