The Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N) has called for a collaborative effort with the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) for mutual support and benefits in the area of common interests.
The Commissioner/CEO of the Bureau, Engr. Akin Olateru made the call at the Bureau’s headquarter in Abuja earlier this week, during a courtesy visit by the Abuja International Airport Commandant, Group Capt NS Hassan.
Olateru expressed optimism in the ability of the Nigeria Air Force to work in collaboration with the Bureau to secure material evidence around aircraft crash sites from being tampered with during air mishaps.
He added that tampering with material evidence inhibits the accuracy of the investigation.
The Commissioner also called on NAF for the patronage of the agency’s Flight Safety Laboratory, equipped with the state of the art facilities and well-trained personnel for effective download of most Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVR) and Flight Data Recorders (FDR) found on modern aircraft.
Olateru further stressed that the laboratory allowed the Bureau cheaper and faster conduct of accident investigation of an aircraft crash, other than taking the CVR and FDR abroad for download.
Speaking, Group Capt NS Hassan, thanked the Commissioner and his top management team for having him in his office.
He assured the AIB of the NAF’s support and collaboration in areas of common interests and mutual benefits in the onerous task of ensuring aviation safety and security when the need arises.
The Commandant’s visit followed the recent relocation of the Bureau’s corporate office to Abuja in line with the government’s directive.