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FG to establish a Flight Data Laboratory soon

By Emeka Mamah

KADUNA — The Federal Government says it will soon establish a Flight Data Laboratory, FDL, to ensure speedy investigation of aircraft accidents in the country.

The government said the FDL would ensure that “Black Boxes” in the aircraft which record the discussions between pilots and the Control Towers, among others, are now analyzed in the country instead of being taken overseas for the same data analysis just as it affirmed that the result of the last Bellview aircraft accident would soon be released on the website.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner in charge of Accident Investigations Bureau, AIB, at the Ministry of Aviation, Dr. Sam Oduselu, while briefing newsmen yesterday at the ongoing 31st Kaduna International Trade Fair.

According to Oduselu, the analysis of the “Black boxes” in the country will drastically reduce the period of investigations of aircraft accidents.

“We are also providing modern facilities for our staff to work with and produce better results. Our offices are automated even as we are at various stages of completion of VSAT communication system and FDL.

“The latter will help us to decode Flight Recorders, which we currently take abroad. At AIB, our emphasis is on prevention and towards this, we have channelled a lot of human and material resources.
“The purpose of accident investigation, in the first instance, is to prevent air accident.

“We are not waiting for accident to happen but we collaborate with other stakeholders to prevent it,” Dr. Oduselu said, pointing out since the establishment of the AIB about three years ago, it had published the report of the Sossoliso air crash on its website.

The commissioner said it took an average of between six months and two years to investigate aircraft accidents, depending on their complexities or circumstances.

“A report on the investigation can take several months to produce. It may be necessary to interview a wide range of individuals, cross-check evidence,” he said.


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