Aviation

January 12, 2018

AIB to host BAGAIA accident, incident report training

AIB to host BAGAIA accident, incident report training

*Engine of the aircraft , at the Joint Users Hydrant Installation, JUHI, Avation Fuel Depot, site where the plane crashed. The aircraft with number SCD 361 was operated by Associated Airlines Limited. Photo: Diran Oshe.

Nigeria’s Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, has concluded plans to host a meeting of the Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency (BAGAIA) on a four-day aircraft accident/incident report writing course slated for January 16-19, 2018.

The training is an offshoot of the second meeting of the BAGAIA Commission which was recently held between December 13 and 15,  2017 in Praia, Cabo Verde where the Commissioner of AIB, Akin Olateru proposed to the BAGAIA Commission to host the Air Accident/Serious Incident Report Writing Training.

The training will also cover fire investigation, managing large-scale accident and incident investigation, emergency response and record investigation among others.The proposal according to the Commissioner, was a way to ensure that AIB’s safety investigators benefit greatly.

Nigeria, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are members of the BAGAIA accord group.

As the host Commissioner, AIB, Akin Olateru,  disclosed that it would seize the opportunity to have 20 of AIB’s safety investigators to be part of the training.

In addition, Olateru has invited the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Presidential Air Fleet, the Nigerian Navy and the Nigeria Air Force to be part of the training as such institutions  also investigate their own incidents/accidents.

He further stated that  “Capacity development, infrastructural improvement, system and process re-engineering remain our focus in making sure that AIB contributes meaningfully to aviation safety for the common good of all. We are very pleased to be hosting the BAGAIA training as accident and incident report writing is a very important aspect to investigation.”

Olateru further stated that the agency values the cooperation and technical assistance they have been receiving from several of the organisations which he stated would greatly complement, “our efforts to make AIB formidable.

“Capacity development, infrastructural improvement, system and process re-engineering remain our focus in making sure AIB contributes meaningfully to aviation safety for the common good of all.”

The Bureau’s reports are generally its means of communication to stakeholders and it is necessary to equip our safety investigators with accident report writing skills.