The Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB Nigeria, has released 20 safety recommendations into three serious accidents involving Azman, Max air and the Nigerian Police Airwing which occurred in 2018 and 2019.
The recommendations were addressed
the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the affected airlines, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), aircraft manufacturer, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, among others.
The Commissioner AIB, Mr. Akin Olateru released the safety recommendations into the final reports of the three serious incidents at a news conference in Abuja.
In some of the recommendations, the AIB Commissioner urged the NCAA to immediately ensure Azman Air Services Limited takes further necessary step to review the training of the incident flight crew in order to be able to understand and recognise engine failure and malfunctions and its effects at every phase of flight before they are allowed to resume flight duties.
He said, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) should ensure that Aerodrome Emergency Plan (AEP) is operational and test run as required by the Nig.CARs 220.127.116.11 while the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) should ensure that all navigational aids are maintained and calibrated in accordance with the standards prescribed in Nig. CARs 18.104.22.168.
On the causes of the three serious incidents, Mr. Olateru said, that of Max air was due to excessive rudder and aileron inputs at short finals phase of the approach while the police Airwing was linked to the failure of number 4 and 5 bearings of engine number 2 leading to loss of power during approach.
For Azman, “uncoordinated flight as a result of inadequate Crew Resource Management (CRM) that led to the partial release of parking brake, which resulted in rejected take-off”.
The AIB boss emphasized that, these reports were essential to the fulfilment of the Bureau’s mandate of investigating aircraft accidents and serious incident with the aim of enhancing safety, through safety recommendations issued, thereby assuring safe skies in Nigeria and Globally.
“We remain committed, through improving our processes, human capacity and equipment, to fulfil our mandate effectively, purposefully and professionally”.