Monday, October 7, 2013
Expect report on Lagos air crash next year – AIPB
Muktar said the length of time for the release of the accident report is dependent on variety of factors, which include the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Speaking in a television programme monitored in Lagos, the AIPB boss said investigations have also commenced on why the pilot of the Kabo Air Boeing 747 aircraft conveying pilgrims to Saudi Arabia landed on a different runway, as opposed to the runway prescribed for him by air traffic controllers.
He said the AIPB will consider all circumstances leading to recent accidents while carrying out its investigations to avoid a re-occurrence.
He said a full scale investigation has begun on the Associated Aviation crash, as all relevant parameters concerning the aircraft and other details concerning the crew will be examined.
Muktar urged industry experts to restrain from making statements that could jeopardise the ongoing investigations, saying the body has reached out to many international partners to ensure unbiased investigations.
He said :” The AIPB will not impose any sanction on airlines, but will investigate the circumstances leading to non compliance by airlines. We are currently investigating why the pilot of the Kabo Air aircraft did not land at the runway he was advised to land.
“We appeal to all Nigerians that the airspace is safe. The report of the Associated Aviation crash may take up to one year. That is our target, but a lot of circumstances will determine how we achieve that.”
Also speaking, the Spokesman of Aviation Parastatals, Mr. Yakubu Dati, said some domestic operators are guilty of infraction.
Dati said rather than comply with civil aviation regulations, the airlines especially the charter operators have been playing politics with safety issues.
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