AIB, ICAO in joint capacity building for aviation workers
Accident Investigation Bureau says it is partnering the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the National Transportation Safety Board of the United States for one-week training in accident and incident investigation, for its personnel and those of other agencies and the entire West African sub region.
According to the agency, the workshop seeks to deepen the knowledge and sharpen the skills of participants from the AIB, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, domestic airlines and members of the Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency.
The training tagged ‘ICAO Accident/Incident Investigation Workshop’ is expected to begin in Lagos from September 25, and would take participants through various aspects of accident investigation including Annex 13 guidance materials of investigating organisational factors and human performance; records investigation; investigating rotor craft accidents and incidents; on-site investigation and flight recorders.
The training will also cover fire investigation, managing large-scale accident and incident investigation, emergency response and record investigation, among others.
A statement signed by the AIB’s Head of Public Affairs, Tunji Oketunbi, gave names of the facilitators as the Managing Director of the NTSB, Mr. Dennis Jones, who for many years was the NTSB representative in Africa; and Mr. Andre de Kock from ICAO.
It added that the current management in the AIB had made capacity development one of its cardinal programmes and had been partnering various global organisations to ensure that investigators were adequately trained.
The AIB Commissioner, Akin Olateru, was quoted to have said that the agency was pleased to be partnering ICAO and the NTSB for the training.
He said, “We value the cooperation and technical assistance we have been receiving from these organisations, which would greatly complement our efforts to make the AIB formidable.
“Capacity development, infrastructural improvement, system and process re-engineering remain our focus in making sure that the AIB contributes meaningfully to aviation safety for the common good of all.”
The agency stated that as a follow-up to the classroom experience, the AIB investigators trained at the workshop would be constituted into two teams and would proceed on ‘on-the -job training’ with the NTSB in the United States and the Transportation Safety Board in Singapore.
It added that the first team would proceed to the NTSB in October 2017, and on their return, the next team would proceed to Singapore in November 2017.
Olateru said, “Capacity building is so vital to the AIB’s job functions. This guarantees that all reports and safety recommendations issued out by the AIB are hoisted on the certainty that they do not miss out any vital subject matter in their investigations that impact safety. Consequently, practical hands-on training, which is what an OJT is all about cannot be ‘one too many’, when it comes to training.”
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