AIB-N To Assist Sierra Leone In Setting Up Accident Investigation Agency

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The Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N) said it has commenced the provision of technical support for the setting up of the Sierra Leone Aircraft Accident Incident Investigation Bureau (SL-AAIIB).

This was revealed at the conclusion of a two-day fact-finding mission to the Sierra Leone Aircraft Accident Incident Investigation Bureau (SL-AAIIB).

Adeniji Oni, Head of the Nigerian Delegation noted: “As a team, we were able to look at the Establishment of SL-AAIIB, Development of Legislation, Regulations, Manuals and Guidance Materials. We also looked at the development of training policies and programmes for investigators (Initial, Simulators and Specialized); and how the SL-AAIIB should prepare for ICAO Audits and the implementation of Corrective Action Plan, following any gap identified.”

Alex Pratt, SLCAA Director of Corporate Services, stated: “Let me, on behalf of the Director-General, thank you very much for the work done in this brief period. The SLCAA welcomes the recommendations made so far, and promise they would be carefully followed and implemented.”

Mr Pratt assured that the SLCAA will continue to give the necessary support, calling on the AIB-N to also keep the SL-AAIIB at heart. “It is only with these supports the SL-AAIIB would be able to implement all the recommendations emanating from this fact-finding mission”. He concluded.

Arnold Bangura, SLCAA’s Safety Manager/National Continuous Monitoring Coordinator (NCMC), revealed that Accident Investigation issues are central to his scope as Safety Manager, hence his participation in the just-concluded exercise. He also expressed that he was grateful for such an opportunity, and promised they would do their best to ensure SL-AAIIB implement the recommendations emanated from the fact-finding mission.

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