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Airlines have right to investigation processes – AIB

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) said airlines had a right to participate in any investigation launched to look into accidents involving their organisation. The Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the AIB, Mr. Akin Olateru, made this known at the weekend in Abuja at the end of a training exercise organised for key operators in the aviation industry. According to him, there is need for airlines to understand the procedures surrounding accidents in the sector, and it is their rights as an organisation should an accident occur.

While urging the airlines to establish in-house investigative departments that will address such issues, he disclosed that every serious airline in the world had a unit that takes care of accidents. “Airlines need to understand their rights.

They still don’t know they have a right to request to participate in this investigation process; they need to understand what is expected of an airline or the service provider in the case of accidents as well as the regulator. “This is one of the reasons why we extended the invitation to the airlines but unfortunately, they don’t see the need to send people in but i guess over time they will get to understand there is one aviation and the basic goal we have in this industry is to make it as safe as we can and everybody got to do their bit in accordance within the confinement of their regulation to support the industry and ensure we have a safer sky,” he said.

Olateru, who stressed on the importance of trainings in the aviation industry, noted that the AIB, under his watch, carried out trainings every month to better equip and balance the skills of investigators to handle all manner of accidents including domestic, European and American airlines.

He further disclosed that the AIB was working towards having the United States, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) review all air accidents that had occurred in the country, and train its staff on how to deal with air traffic control issues, airport issues, air worthiness issues and flight operations issues.

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