The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) plans to release six accident reports before the end of March, its Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Akin Olateru, has said.
This, he said, would bring to 16 the number of air crash reports released since he assumed office over a year ago.
Apart from the 10 accident reports, the AIB had also released a safety bulletin, he added.
Olateru said the resolve to release more reports came on the heels of the backlog of reports he met at the bureau.
When he assumed duty, there were 27 pending reports that were gathering dust on the shelf, with some dating back to 2005.
Olateru said: ?When I assumed duties, I did a review. We had 27 pending accident reports. Some date back to 2005 and we were in 2017. I was wondering what really went wrong. We set everything in motion. Funding was another problem.
?In carrying out accident investigation, you need a lot of resources ? manpower and finance. We pushed everything in motion and through the support of the Minister of State for Aviation, he gave us maximum support and we did what we were supposed to do. To the glory of God, we released 11 reports by December 2017. One year, 10 final reports and one safety bulletin are some of the things we did last year.
?You can?t have an accident and then the report would drag for years and years. There is no explanation for it. Because the whole purpose of accident investigation is to come up with safety recommendations to prevent future occurrence. There must be lessons learnt.
?If you investigate and come up with safety recommendations, how would people learn to prevent future occurrence, if the reports are kept somewhere. This is why it is very important. Accident investigation is a very serious business and we should all support it and make sure it is a serious agent of government in ensuring that our airspace is safe.?
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has approved the upgrade of the obsolete material science and flight safety laboratories, which would help the AIB to investigate accidents in record time.
Olateru made this known at a training organised by the agency on accident investigation report writing in Lagos.
Although Olateru declined to give how much it would cost to upgrade the facilities, the upgrade of the software could be huge considering that the facilities have to be input with high-technology to make it function efficiently.
He further disclosed that the agency has two laboratories ? the flight safety and the material science laboratories. The flight safety laboratory is where the Flight Data Recording (FDR) and the Co*kpit Voice Recorder (CVR) otherwise known as the black boxes of aircraft are downloaded.