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AIB releases report update on DANA crash

By on June 5, 2013

Exactly one year after Dana Air crashed in Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos state, the Accident Investigative Bureau (AIB) on Tuesday said the airline and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority have begun the implementation of new safety recommendations.

Speaking yesterday in Lagos after the report was uploaded on its website, AIB spokesman, Mr. Tunji Oketunbi said the secret interim safety recommendations were being implemented by Dana and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA.

According to him, the recommendations were not yet for public consumption, saying that only the airline and NCAA were privy to them in the interim.

He said, AIB was following the International Civil Aviation Organisation ,ICAO, regulation which makes it mandatory that the public be informed of the investigations progress 365 days after an air accident.

The bureau said it was still working on the final report despite the loss of the Flight Data Recorder,FDR. Meanwhile, the report posted on the website was not different from what the agency released as a preliminary report

The statement reads: “The investigation of Dana Air 992 has proceeded on schedule and as planned with the objective of preventing similar accidents in accordance with the accident investigation protocols of the International Civil Aviation Organization. Accordingly, the Accident Investigation Bureau as the representative of the State of Occurrence has been developing the facts, conditions, and circumstances surrounding the accident.

“The investigative activities have included the full participation of the State of Manufacture/Design represented by the US National Transportation Safety Board and US Technical Advisors, the US Federal Aviation Administration, Boeing Company, and Pratt & Whitney Engines.”

“Despite the heavy destruction of the aircraft due to impact and fire, in addition to other post crash disturbance of the wreckage, which resulted in the absence of substantial physical evidence and flight recorder data that would have provided information on the operation, performance, and mechanical integrity of the airplane, the investigation has progressed significantly.