AIB Calls on FG to Re­view Qual­ity of Avi­a­tion Fuel Sold in Nige­ria

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Chinedu Eze

The Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bureau (AIB) yes­ter­day called on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to re-ex­am­ine the qual­ity of avi­a­tion fuel sold in Nige­ria, say­ing low qual­ity fuel might have been re­spon­si­ble for one of the ac­ci­dents in­ves­ti­gated by the bureau.

This call was made by the Com­mis­sioner of AIB, Akin Olateru, when he re­leased the re­port of two ac­ci­dents which took place in the coun­try.

At a press con­fer­ence held at the Bureau’s head­quar­ters in La­gos, Olateru said the fuel sam­ples car­ried out by the Bureau showed its low stan­dard qual­ity, dis­clos­ing that the bureau re­ceived dif­fer­ent re­sults when it car­ried out tests of the same fuel when con­veyed into the air­port and when it was to be fed in the air­craft.

The AIB Com­mis­sioner dis­closed this while pre­sent­ing the crash of the he­li­copter with reg­is­tra­tion num­ber, 5N-POL, which was op­er­ated by the Nige­rian Po­lice Force and was reg­is­tered un­der the pri­vate cat­e­gory with the Nige­rian Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity (NCAA).

AIB also ad­vised that NCAA and the Depart­ment of Pe­tro­leum Re­sources (DPR) should launch an in­de­pen­dent in­quiry into avi­a­tion fuel qual­ity in Nige­ria be­cause “the re­sult­ing re­port should fo­cus on the vul­ner­a­bil­ity and risk of each step in the dis­tri­bu­tion process. This should yield firmer reg­u­la­tory over­sight mech­a­nism that en­sures in­ter­na­tional qual­ity of avi­a­tion fu­els used in Nige­ria.

In the bureau’s re­lease of the ac­ci­dent re­ports, Olateru said the two re­ports re­leased in­volved a Nige­rian Po­lice Force Bell He­li­copter, a trainer Tam­bico air­craft be­long­ing to Nige­rian Col­lege of Avi­a­tion Tech­nol­ogy (NCAT) and a ground col­li­sion in­ci­dent two Air Peace air­craft.

AIB said the Po­lice Bell 427 He­li­copter crashed at Kabong, Jos South Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment in March 14, 2012, killing a deputy in­spec­tor gen­eral of po­lice, John Haruna.

The NCAT Tampico TB9 air­craft oc­curred on Oc­to­ber 6, 2008 and the ground col­li­sion of two Air Peace Boe­ing 737-500 and Boe­ing 737- 300 air­craft oc­curred at the do­mes­tic ter­mi­nal of the La­gos Air­port. Olateru said the med­i­cal cer­tifi­cate of the pi­lot that op­er­ated the po­lice he­li­copter had ex­pired at the time of the ac­ci­dent, even as the sim­u­la­tion re­cur­rency of the same pi­lot had also ex­pired at the time of the ac­ci­dent.

Olateru said the fi­nal ac­ci­dent re­port re­vealed that the co-pi­lot of the Po­lice Bell he­li­copter was not type rated on the air­craft type (Bell 427).

He said the en­gi­neer that re­leased the air­craft prior to the flight had no type rat­ing and train­ing on the air­craft type.

On the NCAT Tam­bico air­craft, the AIB said the stu­dent crashed the air­craft be­cause of in­abil­ity to main­tain di­rec­tional con­trol after touch­down.

“The re­sult­ing re­port should fo­cus on the vul­ner­a­bil­ity and risk of each step in the dis­tri­bu­tion process. This should yield firmer reg­u­la­tory over­sight mech­a­nism that en­sures in­ter­na­tional qual­ity of avi­a­tion fu­els used in Nige­ria,” he said.

The AIB how­ever urged the Nige­ria Po­lice to pro­vide proper fund­ing, con­ducive work­ing en­vi­ron­ment, de­velop and im­ple­ment a ro­bust train­ing pro­gramme for its tech­ni­cal and op­er­a­tional per­son­nel.

Such ar­range­ment, the AIB said, would en­sure ad­e­quate su­per­vi­sion and ap­proved equip­ment to en­hance safety, urg­ing that NCAA should en­sure that the po­lice air wing com­plied with ap­proved main­te­nance re­quire­ments.

On the NCAT Tam­bico air­craft crash, the AIB urged the col­lege to en­sure that fly­ing in­struc­tors check­ing on stu­dents on solo flight must at all times be at the con­trol tower to mon­i­tor the progress of the flight.

“NCAT should pro­cure equip­ment and train rel­e­vant per­son­nel to con­duct tox­i­co­log­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion in its aero med­i­cal fa­cil­ity,” AIB said.

. Ko­la­wole Alli

R-L: Head, Pub­lic Af­fairs, Mr. Tunji Oke­tunbi, Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bureau (AIB); Com­mis­sioner/Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Capt. Akin Olateru; and Di­rec­tor of En­gi­neer­ing, Mr. Mo­hammed Wali, at a press brief­ing on the re­lease of air­craft se­ri­ous in­ci­dent and ac­ci­dent re­port at Air Safety House, Mur­tala Muhammed In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Ikeja, La­gos ....yes­ter­day

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