NSIB Releases 7 Final Reports, Issues 20 Safety Recommendations To NCAA, FAAN, Others

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The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) today released seven final reports of accidents and serious incident air mishaps that occurred within the Nigerian airspace to the public. 

The bureau also issued a total of 20 safety recommendations addressed to the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), affected airlines, among others, as safety measures to prevent future reoccurrence of similar incidents.

Addressing newsmen during the presentation of the reports at the bureau’s headquarters, Safety House, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) Abuja, NSIB director-general, Engr. Akin Olateru disclosed that the newly released reports make a total of 82 aircraft accident reports released by the bureau since its inception in 2007 while a total of 63 reports were released by the current leadership from 2017 till date.

He said seven accident reports and 30 safety recommendations have been released for 2022. Olateru added that the bureau has also released 272 safety recommendations since its inception. Of these, 191 recommendations were released by the current management.

He assured of NSIB’s commitment to the quality investigation of accidents and serious incidents through the improvement of processes, human capacity, equipment, among others.

“We remain committed to improving our processes, human capacity and equipment, to fulfil our mandate effectively, purposefully and professionally,” he said.

The report of occurrences released by the bureau includes serious incidents involving Bristow Helicopters Nigeria Ltd with registration marks 5N BSN which occurred at the Port Harcourt Military Airport (NAF BASE) on March 9, 2020; ATR 72 with registration marks 5N- BPG owned and operated by Overland Airways Ltd which occurred at Ilorin Airport on November 29, 2014; B737-300 with registration marks 5N- BUO belonging to Air Peace Ltd, which occurred at FL 310 en route Enugu from Lagos on December 14, 2018; British Aerospace BAE 125 -8008 with registration marks 5N- B00 operated by Gyro Aviation Ltd which occurred at Port Harcourt, Nigeria on July 16, 2020; Dornier 328-100 with registration marks 5N- DOX operated by Dornier Aviation Nigeria-AIEP (DANA) Ltd., which occurred at Port Harcourt Military Airport on January 23, 2019; Airbus 330- 243 aircraft operated by Middle Airlines with registration marks OD-MEA and parked Boeing 777 aircraft operated by Turkish Airlines with registration marks TC EJC, which occurred at Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria, on July 29, 2020 and the incident involving British Aerospace BAE 125 800B aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N- BOO operated by Gyro Aviation Ltd., which occurred at Osubi Airstrip, Warri, Nigeria on September 10, 2020.

In his final remarks, Olateru said the details of the reports, which include factual information, findings, analysis, conclusions and safety recommendations on the investigations are available for download on the bureau’s website.

Oluchi Okorafor
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