The Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB Nigeria (AIB-N), Engr Akin Olateru, has charged Nigerian airlines to establish a unit for accident investigation in their respective organisations to enhance air safety.
Olateru spoke while receiving the investigation team from Cameroon probing the crash of the Havilland DHC -6-400 Twin Otter operated by Caverton Cameroon.
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The DHR-6-400 Twin Otter (registered TJ-TIM) was operating Yaoundé (Nsimalen)–Dompta–Yaoundé (Nsimalen) on May 11, 2022, when it crashed, killing all the passengers and crew members, including a Nigerian female pilot, Adzuayi Ewuga.
The aircraft was found crashed in a forest, not far from Nanga Eboko.
The Cameroonian delegation, led by Mrs Leopoldine Essimi of the Ministry of Transport, included Col Brice Okomou, Capt Raymond Ekenglo and Mrs Mispa Samnick.
According to Essimi, they were in Nigeria to seek AIB-N’s expertise in the reading of the flight recorders, transcription of the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR), analysis of the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and FDR animation.
According to a statement issued by the Bureau’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr Tunji Oketunbi, the commissioner said this would help the airlines to understand and take advantage of the benefits of accident investigation to boost safety in their operations.
Olateru noted that big carriers like American Airlines had such units which had greatly benefited the carriers, adding that it was the responsibility of everyone to have an understanding of accident investigation in Africa.