Capacity building in the aviation industry has received a boost as Nigeria’s Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) partnered the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the United States of America for a one-week training in accident/incident investigation, for the benefit of the entire West African sub region.

Tagged ICAO Accident/Incident Investigation Workshop and held in Lagos from last September 25, the training navigated the participants through various aspects of accident investigation including Annex 13 guidance materials; investigating organizational factors and human performance; records investigation; investigating rotorcraft accidents and incidents; on-site investigation and flight recorders.

The workshop was facilitated by the two international organisationsto deepen the knowledge, and sharpen the skills of the participants drawn from AIB, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), domestic airlines and members of the Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency (BAGAIA).

The training also covered fire investigation, managing large scale accident and incident investigation, emergency response and record investigation among others. The facilitators include the Managing Director of NTSB, Mr Dennis Jones who for many years was the NTSB representative in Africa and Mr Andre de Kock from ICAO.

The current management in AIB has made capacity development one its cardinal programmes and has been galvanising several quarters and partnering various global organisations to ensure that investigators are adequately trained. This workshop is one of the fallouts of such deft moves.

AIB’s Commissioner/CEO, Engr. Akin Olateru, said of the workshop: “We are very pleased to be partnering with ICAO and NTSB on this important training. We value the cooperation and technical assistance we have been receiving from these organisations, which would greatly complement our efforts to make AIB formidable. Capacity development, infrastructural improvement, system and process re-engineering remain our focus in making sure that AIB contributes meaningfully to aviation safety for the common good of all.”