Senate yesterday resolved to investigate the reasons behind the non publication of reports on air crashes that have occurred in the country by the Accident Investigation and Prevention Bureau (AIPB).
Consequently, the Red Chamber, after a motion moved by Senator Theodore Orji on ‘The need to publish accident investigation reports’, referred the motion to its Committee on Aviation, and directed it to turn in the report in a week’s time.
In his presentation, Orji expressed worry that no reason has ever been given for the non publication of the air accident investigation reports by the AIPB, involving the Bellview and Sosoliso airlines’ crashes in 2005, Aviation Development Corporation Airline crash of 2006 and Dana Airline (Flight No: 0992) crash of 2012.
“The publication of the air accident investigation report will do no harm to anybody, but will only enable pilots, engineers to learn from the past mistakes and help members of the public to be informed in how to also be vigilant as to developments that could endanger their safety,” he said.
Orji lamented that, despite the loss of lives in the crashes and investigations ordered to find out their immediate and remote causes, the reports were never made public, even when it is the legal duty of AIPB to publish such reports.
“The international standard practice all over the world to publish accident investigations reports in form of a book to enable pilots, engineers and the general public know the cause of the air accident to forestall, or to guard against or prevent further occurrences.
– Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja