Saturday, 20 February 2016
AIB Sets To Review Investigation Of Air Accidents, Incidents Regulations 2006
ZAINAB JUNAID ELESHO
The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has declared the necessity to review its 2006 Civil Aviation Investigation of Air Accidents and Incidents Regulations
An online statement signed by the Head Public Affairs, AIB, Mr. Tunji Oketunbi, stated that the review became necessary to make its policy be in tandem with its counterparts around the world.
Oketunbi hinted that the review of the existing 2006 policy was pertinent in order for aviation industry in Nigeria to conform to the updated International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, Standards and Recommended Practices, SARPS.
He also added that the review became necessary in a bid for its policy to be in tandem with its counterparts around the world.
Oketunbi pointed out that the since the current policy formulated in November 2006, there had been series of amendments to accident and incident investigation by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) especially to the Annex 13 of the convention.
He further explained that AIB as one of the leading globally recognised aviation investigators, it could not operate in isolation of global standards and recommended practices.
According to him, “The management has noticed some gaps in the current regulations, which the new one will seek to address. We hereby requested relevant aviation stakeholders like airline operators, professionals, unions, oil companies operating within the sector, individuals with key interest in aviation Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the general public for their valuable contributions on the proposed amendment.”
“We are doing this in conformity with our regulation 22, which reads in part, ‘These regulations shall be amended from time to time to bring them into conformity with the provisions of ICAO Annex 13, any amendment thereto and the Civil Aviation Act.”Oketunbi added.
He stated that the workshop scheduled for Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the Westown Hotel, Ikeja,Lagos, would also witness in attendance other top aviation stakeholders and professionals from the Ministry of Transportation, aviation agencies, airlines, concessionaires and private sector.
Oketunbi stated that industry professionals such as aviation lawyer and immediate past President of Aviation Round Table(ART), Capt. Dele Ore and the Managing Director of Aeroconsut Limited, Engr. Babatunde Obadofin would also present papers that would usher in the new policy for accident investigation in the sector.
Chief Executive Officer of AIB, Dr. Felix Abali will present the welcome address while technical directors from AIB are also expected to present papers