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Aviation Stakeholders Seek Realistic Solutions To Air Crashes

Posted: Jul 5, 2015 at 12:13 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Abel Orukpe,  Lagos


The Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Leadership Initiative  (NLI); Safer Skies, Mr Yinka Oyinlola, has said that the essence of the initiative is for stakeholders and experts in the aviation industry to proffer realistic solutions to air crashes in the country.

He said this while speaking at the Nigeria Leadership Initiative; Safer Skies forum in Lagos.

Oyinlola stated that the forum was organised to proffer realistic solutions to the crashes in the aviation industry, adding that stakeholders cannot continue to complain and that the time to address the causes of accidents and make Nigerian airspace safer is now.

He further explained that though we may not travel by air but those who travel using air transportation are known to us and that as such, realistic and implementable solutions should be proffered to prevent the next accident.

He posited that experts in the industry had revealed that the common causes of air accidents are weather, engine failure, human error, loss of control and act of God but queried the role of human beings in all these.

Oyinlola stated that investigation of air accidents in Nigeria rarely leads to any conclusive results on the causes and that in many cases the remains of the aircraft are not found.

The Nigeria Leadership Initiative; Safer Skies boss said that apart from the above, not all the crashes that occur in Nigeria or by Nigerian airlines were made known to the public, adding that the average passengers are not well informed to be able to make adequate travel arrangements.

According to him, “The NLI through its Safer Skies Initiative, is committed to   improving the overall flight safety standards and accountability of the aviation sector in Nigeria”.

Speaking at the event, the Chairman of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), Capt. Noggie Meggison stated that stakeholders must work together to make Nigeria skies safer; adding that though there are airlines and regulatory body, these two, cannot do it alone.

The AON boss added that though safer skies do not come cheap, he however urged stakeholders to play by the rules so as to prevent the next accidents.

Meggison declared that the autonomy of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) was not negotiable, adding that it is only when the regulatory body is granted autonomy that it can carry out its oversight function on airlines effectively without fear of intimidation from any quarters.

He also advocated that the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) must come out with factual accident reports after each accident no matter the airline involved not only to prevent a recurrence in future but to also make such accident a case study.