Aviation Accidents: NSIB Releases 2 Final Reports, 2 Preliminary Reports

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The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) has released two final reports on aviation incidents; one preliminary report on an aviation incident and one preliminary report on a marine accident, along with accompanying safety recommendations.

The director-general of the bureau, Capt. Alex Badeh announced this during a maiden press conference in Abuja, where he emphasised that the reports aim to prevent future occurrences of similar accidents and incidents.

“Today marks a significant milestone as we gather to publicly unveil the first series of accident investigation reports released by the NSIB,” Badeh said. “As the premier investigative body in Nigeria dedicated to enhancing safety within the transportation sector, the NSIB is committed to promoting a culture of transparency, accountability and continuous improvement.”

Badeh disclosed that the bureau has worked tirelessly to uncover the root causes of various incidents and accidents through meticulous analysis, thorough research, and unwavering dedication. The publication of these reports serves as a testament to the NSIB’s commitment to safety and underscores its mission to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

“We understand the importance of sharing knowledge, lessons learned and best practices with all stakeholders involved in the transportation industry. By fostering collaboration and open communication, we can collectively strive towards a safer and more secure environment,” he added.

The director of transport investigation of the bureau, Engr. Patrick Nwobu provided more details about the reports, which aim to prevent future accidents and serious incidents.

According to Nwobu, the four reports released today contain a total of 20 safety recommendations addressed to relevant entities within the transportation system. These recommendations are intended to prevent future recurrences of such accidents or serious incidents when fully implemented.

The reports are as follows:

Final report on a serious incident involving an Embraer EMB-145LR, registered 5N-BVD and operated by Air Peace Limited, which occurred at Kaduna Airport, Kaduna, on January 14, 2021.

Final report on an incident involving a ground collision between a lavatory service truck with fleet number 9/5, operated by Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO) and a parked Boeing 737-300 aircraft, registered 5N-DAB and operated by Max Air Limited, which occurred at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on November 21, 2021.

Preliminary report on a serious incident involving an MD-82 aircraft, registered 5N-BKI and operated by Dana Airlines Limited, which occurred on Runway 18L at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on April 23, 2024.

Preliminary report on a boat accident that occurred one nautical mile from Onono Jetty in Anambra West LGA, Anambra State, en route to Asaba Jetty in Asaba, Delta State, on April 10, 2024, at about 12:30 PM.

These reports and recommendations reflect the NSIB’s ongoing dedication to enhancing safety and preventing future transportation incidents.

Oluchi Okorafor
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