Stakeholders in the Nigerian aviation industry have advocated for a single accident reporting system to further enhance safety in the industry.
This is as the Accident Investigation Bureau-Nigeria (AIB-N) is set to change the face of serious incidents and accidents reporting by introducing digitalised reporting to further take safety recommendations nearer and easier to the public.
Participants at the two-day Industry Engagement on the Review of Accident Reports organised by AIB-N in Abuja on Wednesday observed that many of the operators were in the habit of hiding the serious incidents to their machines from AIB-N, warning that this would not move the sector forward.
A management staff from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Engr. Godwin Balang, said that it was necessary to have a single reporting system, which should be made mandatory and accessible to all players in the Nigerian aviation industry.
According to him the single reporting system should include NCAA, AIB-N and airline operators, stressing that this would prevent inconsistent or inappropriate reporting system.
He also canvassed for the use of checklists by all operators to ensure accuracy in the system.
Besides, a top management staff in AIB-N, Capt. Taiwo Fatugase, explained that AIB-N has changed the face of serious incident and accident reporting in the industry and has been able to improve safety in Nigeria.
Also, the Commissioner, AIB-N, Engr. Akin Olateru, disclosed that the bureau was set to change the face of serious incident and accident reporting system in Nigeria by improving on the Annex 13 of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, which deals with Accident Investigation.
According to him, AIB-N before the end of the year would introduce a digital reporting system, which would be web-based, graphics and animated style, saying that this would further ease safety recommendation reports.
Olateru emphasised that when this comes onboard, Nigeria would be the first country in the world to adopt the system, stressing that the bureau had already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saudi Arabia on this, while the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) was also being carried along.
He said: “AIB-N will very soon be in the world news. We are going the extra mile to come up with a different reporting style from Annex 13, which gives us the right to investigate serious incidents and accidents in the sector.
“We need to move to the 21st century of accident reporting. With the new style we are coming up with, AIB-N will be the first organization in the world to improve on Annex 13.
“We are already discussing with ICAO and we are at the procurement stage at the moment. However, we hope to start the new system before the end of the year.”