The Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N) has released four preliminary reports on serious incidents and accidents involving aircraft owned and operated by United Nigeria Airlines Limited, Max Air, Air Peace and the Nigerian Police Air Wing, respectively.
The preliminary reports include the preliminary report on the serious incident involving the United Nigeria Airlines Embraer 145LR aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-BWW. It was climbing out of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Nigeria when a serious incident occurred at about 4,000 feet on November 17, 2021.
The preliminary report on the serious incident involving Max Air Boeing 737-300 aircraft, which was parked at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja with nationality and registration marks 5N-DAB. It was involved in an on-ground collision with Skyway Aviation Handling Co. Plc (SAHCO)’s lavatory service truck with fleet number 9/5 on November 21, 2021.
The preliminary report on the serious incident involving a Boeing 737-300 aircraft owned and operated by Air Peace Limited with nationality and registration marks 5N-BUQ, which occurred after take-off from Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri, Nigeria en route to Lagos on November 22, 2021.
The preliminary report on an accident involving a Bell 429 helicopter owned and operated by Nigeria Police Air Wing with nationality and registration marks 5N-MDA, which occurred at the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Airport, Bauchi, Nigeria on January 26, 2022.
A statement by the general manager, public affairs, AIB-N, Tunji Oketunbi, said the reports are already on the bureau’s website (www.aib.gov.ng).
It explained that preliminary reports are not the final reports as they only contain details of the initial facts, discussions and findings surrounding the occurrences. In these cases, they include information gathered from witness statements, flight recorders, health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) data, flight data monitoring (FDM) data and preliminary inspection of the accident sites and the wreckages.
The statement further said investigations on these serious incidents and accidents are still ongoing and final reports will be released upon the conclusion of the respective investigations.