The Director General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu says work is ongoing with the Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB to minimize human error related accidents and incidents to promote air safety in Nigeria.
Captain Nuhu who stated this at a one day conference by the AIB in partnership with the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents, LAAC, in Lagos, emphasized the need for adherence to standard operating procedures and processes.
This is coming on the heels of the African Indian Ocean, AFI region which Nigeria belong topping the global commercial accidents reports in 2019 with a 183 fatalities in 9 accidents in an estimated 1,130,861 departures.
Air accidents and incidents are caused by many factors, 75% of these occurrences are traced to human error and others to weather, equipment, airport, air traffic control and poor maintenance.
According to aviation experts aircraft accidents are dominated by the failure of human factor which could be caused among others by poor communication, inadequate training of personnel, poor facilities and poor crew judgement.
Captain Akin George of Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON and President, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, NATCA, Mr. Abayomi Agoro harped on the provisions of new facilities, training and retraining.
“The communication systems in Nigeria are quite weak, this has been a recurring problem for the last 10- 15 years”. This are one of the things that could degenerate to incident or accident”.
Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria, AIB-N, Mr. Akin Olateru says having a good knowledge of human factor could be used to reduce the likelihood of errors and build more error tolerant and more resilient systems.
Mr.Olateru represented by the Director Operations in the Bureau, Captain Dayyabu Danraka stressed that these are important for safe and efficient aviation.
“It is necessary to focus on the most frequently occurring air accidents, such as the CFIT and runway excursions and overruns and loss of control of the aircraft. It is also important to focus on the phases of flight especially at its beginning (takeoff) and end (landing)”.
To this end, Director General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu says, a committee had been put in place to review all accidents safety recommendations to prevent a recurrence.
“AIB investigates, they made recommendations. Then we as the regulator, we sit down with them and review the recommendations to make sure that these are recommendations we can implement without violating our other regulations”.
He listed other areas of consideration to prevent human error to include, individual and organizational compliance with the statutory and regulatory requirements, conformance to approved policies and procedures and continuous initial and recurrent trainings.
Others are reporting systems and just Culture, faithful implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS) and application of appropriate enforcement actions.
The theme of the conference is, “PREVENTING HUMAN FACTORS IN AIR ACCIDENT OCCURRENCES.Nosa Aituamen