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AIB moves to review air accident regulation

  The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has noted some gaps in Civil Aviation Investigation of Air Accidents and Incidents Regulations 2006.   It is therefore…

 
The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has noted some gaps in Civil Aviation Investigation of Air Accidents and Incidents Regulations 2006.
 
It is therefore set to review the regulations on Tuesday with Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, among other relevant industry players expected to make inputs.
 
The proposed review is aimed at making aviation industry in Nigeria conform to the updated International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO’s) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS), according to AIB spokesman, Mr. Tunji Oketunbi.
 
He said industry professionals like the former President of Aviation Round Table (ART), Capt. Dele Ore and the Managing Director of Aeroconsut Limited, Babatunde Obadofin would also present papers that would usher in the new policy for accident investigation in the sector.
 
He added that technical directors from AIB are expected to present papers while the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of the bureau, Dr. Felix Abali would present the welcome address.
 
Oketunbi explained that the review is necessary to bring the industry at par with its counterparts all over the world, adding that since the current regulation was enacted in November 2006, there had been series of amendments to accident and incident investigation by ICAO especially to the Annex 13 of the convention.
 
He said AIB as one of the leading globally recognised aviation investigators could not operate in isolation of global standards and recommended practices.
 
He added in a statement, "The management has noticed some gaps in the current regulations, which the new one will seek to address. We hereby requested relevant aviation stakeholders like airline operators, professionals, unions, oil companies operating within the sector, individuals with key interest in aviation Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, and the general public for their valuable contributions on the proposed amendment.
 
"We are doing this in conformity with our regulation 22, which reads in part, ‘These regulations shall be amended from time to time to bring them into conformity with the provisions of ICAO Annex 13, any amendment thereto and the Civil Aviation Act

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