By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) has said that improved air safety in the country is as a result of the quality of investigations into air accidents, serious accidents and timely release of safety reports.
In the last 10 years, according to the bureau, Nigeria’s airspace has only recorded two fatal civil air crashes, resulting to the unfortunate loss of nine souls within the period.
Director-General, NSIB, Engr. Akin Olateru, the Director- General, NSIB, in a paper presented at the 7th African Aviation Summit and Exhibition in Abuja on Friday, tagged: “Nigeria Evolving Approach to Aviation Safety and Learning from Occurrence Investigation,” explained that Nigeria has the best aviation safety record in the globe.
He further explained that Nigeria is now a formidable force globally in terms of aviation safety.
According to Olateru, “There are plans by the bureau, in collaboration with the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), to review and measure the effectiveness of all safety recommendations that had been issued over the years.”
He is of the opinion that would help monitor their implementation through the setting up of committees, saying that it would be unveiled in 2024.
He opined that the reduction in fatal accidents and serious incidents was not achieved overnight, explaining that in the last four years, Nigeria had only one accident per year in terms of classification.
The Director-General stated that the Bristow Helicopters crash of 2015 and Quorum Helicopters accident of 2019 were the only two civil occurrences in which fatalities were so far recorded within the period.