The Commissioner/CEO, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Nigeria, Engr. Akin Olareru says the type of an aircraft accident determines the cost of its investigation.
Speaking yesterday at the Gateway Forum organized by the League of Airports & Aviation Correspondents (LAAC), Olareru said: “There are no two accidents that are the same. They may look the same but there are no two accidents that are the same. Also, in terms of costing, I don’t think I have been able to break it down to exact figure. So, I will not be able to give you the exact figure, but I can describe the process for you.
The type of accident will determine the cost. Sometimes, we have to send an engine back to the manufacturer. They call it engine teardown. So, we have to factor in cost of shipping, estacodes for two of my engineers that will go with it. What we want to ascertain is the engine-producing power as at the time of the crash.
So, there are several things that can push up the cost in accident investigation. It is a painstaking process and very detailed exercise, tasking and sometimes, it can be daunting because you must get it right. This is what accident investigation is all about. You must ensure whatever fact you put out there, you have enough evidence to back it up and this is why we go through so many different processes, depending on the crash. We get supports from engine manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, supports from some countries sometimes because it can be very complex sometimes.”
On the legacy he intends to leave at AIB, Olateru said: “I will like to make AIB an enviable place to work in. I will like to make AIB a world-class institution. These are the things I will like to achieve before I take a bow.”