The June 22 Port Harcourt International Airport runway incident involving Air Peace is still being investigated, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has said.

Mr Tunji Oketunbi,  General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB, said on Friday that a group of investigators from the bureau had been tasked with unearthing the factors that contributed to the aircraft skidding off the airport’s runway.

“That is what the investigators are doing now, and they have gathered all the field materials; they have interviewed necessary people that should be interviewed.

“They are also going into the airline books and in a short while, we will issue a preliminary report on the preliminary investigation. It will be out in no distance region,” he said.

He urged Air Peace to work with the bureau as any information got from the investigations will help in averting future incidents.

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“Don’t forget that the purpose of accident investigation is to determine the effect of an occurrence and to also determine the circumstances leading to a particular occurrence.

“This will enable us to mix it with recommendations that will prevent future incident or accident; so by this, it will be the benefit of the airlines,” Oketunbi said.

He called for patient by all concerned parties saying that investigations like this require time.

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