The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Nigeria says it has applied to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to grant the bureau license to enable it deploy drones during accident investigation.
Speaking today at the Gateway Forum organized by the League of Airports & Aviation Correspondents (LAAC), the Commissioner/CEO of AIB, Engr. Akin Olareru said: “we are in the certification process. That is why we did not deploy drones during the last accident investigation exercise.”
Olateru said “drone is extremely essential when accident occurs in a wider area” and when it is not available, it could take a longer time to gather evidence.
“We hope to fast-track the application with the NCAA. We are putting our papers together and we are pushing the application,” he said.
He further disclosed that AIB had 36 trained air safety investigators who had been training at Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Cranfield University in California and Singapore Aviation Training Institute but that soon, AIB Training School would come on stream following the approval of the Federal Executive Council.
He said the institution when it kicks off, would enable AIB, which has not been charging money for its services, to earn money by training people from both Africa and outside the continent.
“We have drawn up our curriculum from Cranfield University, Singapore Aviation Training Institute and NCAT,” he said, adding that “we want to produce a world class training school.”
He further stated that it was important to cooperate with various government agencies and other institutions for training and successful accident investigation and so, AIB had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with University of Lagos, University of Ilorin and another University in the United Kingdom and hoped to signed such MOU with more Nigerian agencies such as Nigerian Navy and Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).
On his legacy as AIB Commissioner, he said: “I will like to make AIB a world class institution.”