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Nigeria Air Force gets AIB’s interim report on crash that killed ex-COAS

Attahiru and 11 others died in the air crash in Kaduna on May 21.

The report of the crash was prepared by the Accident Investigation Bureau.

The submission of the interim report was announced in a statement on Wednesday jointly signed NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet; and the General Manager, Public Affairs of AIB, Tunji Oketunbi.

The statement was titled, ‘AIB submits interim report on aircraft accident involving Nigerian Air Force King Air-350 aircraft to the Chief of Air Staff.’

It reads partly, “The submitted report is organised into three sections namely; the information obtained in the course of the investigation; analysis of data collected in view of the board’s terms of reference; and the conclusion, which covers the initial findings and immediate recommendations.

“It should be noted that at this interim stage, a total of 27 initial findings and eight immediate safety recommendations were made for the convening authority as well as other aviation related agencies for immediate implementation.

“It is expected that the final report will contain the flight data recorder readout, the reviewed operator’s and service provider’s standard operating procedures as well as other detailed analysis.”

The CAS was quoted to have said the outcome of the investigation was aimed essentially at generally improving safety in the aviation industry.

On his part, Olateru stated that copies of the report, with the endorsement of the CAS, would be submitted to the Minister of Aviation and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority  to ensure that the recommendations addressed to aviation agencies were implemented.

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