The AIB will issue a preliminary report on the NAF crash that took Attahiru’s life.

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The preliminary report on the recent Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft crash in Kaduna, according to Akin Olateru, Commissioner of Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), would be completed next week.

Olateru revealed this in Abuja, Nigeria, at the release of eight accident reports spanning the years 2010 to 2019.

On May 21, a Beechcraft 350 belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) crashed near Kaduna International Airport.

The crash claimed the lives of General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff, and ten other military personnel.

Olateru, who said AIB had analysed the aircraft’s flight data recorder (FDR) and the cockpit voice recorder (CVR), maintained that only the military has the authority to disclose the content of the preliminary report.

“Unfortunately, I can’t speak for the military, we don’t have mandate to report outcome of accident or incidence relating to NAF aircraft. Our mandate is limited to civil aviation. Military aviation is different from civil aviation.

“But we are privileged to be called upon, which to me, will help the civil aspect of the incident because the accident happened at a civil airport.

“So there are aspects of it we need to look at, the final response of the fire engine, the prevailing weather, what actually happened. What part the ATC play? These are all civil.

“We cannot determine whether Nigerians will want the preliminary report or all the findings to be published. That is beyond our mandate, it is only Nigerian Air Force that can do that“ he said.

According to him, despite the paralyzing effects of COVID-19, the bureau had remained committed to its mandate by working all through the pandemic to clear outstanding reports.

 


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