Experts urge NCAA, Caverton to implement recommendations on VP’s helicopter crash

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Image result for AIB Commissioner, Mr. Akin OlateruThe Aviation Roundtable Initiative, a group of experts in the industry, has asked the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the management of Caverton Helicopters Limited to speedily implement the recommendations of the Accident Investigation Bureau.

The AIB had on Wednesday released the preliminary report on the accident which involved the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, in Kabba, Kogi State on February 2.

The group said, “We commend the synergies reflected on the probable causes of the accident as reiterated by the Commissioner during the presentation of the preliminary report, and urge the regulator to initiate all the needed process for the swift implementation of the safety measures recommended in that report.

“While looking forward to the final report, we urge the NCAA to implement accompanying recommendations for safe operations in the industry.”

The Commissioner of the AIB, Mr Akin Olateru, had made two recommendations, one to the NCAA and the other to Caverton.

Olateru said, “The NCAA should issue an advisory circular to all helicopter operators flying in Nigeria to be alert of the possibility and the effect of brownout. Appropriate procedures should be put in place to mitigate its effect(s).

“Caverton Helicopters Limited should ensure that flight operations are carried out in accordance with the company’s approved operations manual, vis-a-vis site survey and proper safety risk analysis are done before dispatching any helicopter to unapproved landing pads.”

He stated that the AIB would carry out further investigations, including analysis of the data from cockpit voice recorder information and flight data recorder among others.

Meanwhile, Caverton has said it would continue to adhere to safety procedures as required by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Act and all other relevant local and international regulations across all its operations.

In a statement signed by its Managing Director and Accountable Manager, Capt. Josiah Choms, the airline said, “We wish to assure the public of our unflinching commitment to the provision of safe and reliable transport services.”

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