Cause of Skybird aircraft serious incident not yet determined–AIB


The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has said that the causal factors for the serious incident involving Gulfstream G IV aircraft belonging to Skybird Air Ltd were yet to be determined.

It would be recalled that on Wednesday, September 12, the Gulfstream aircraft marked 5N-BOD overshot the runway while landing and got stuck on the Runway End Safety Area (RESA).

Apparently reacting to some reports, the spokesman for AIB, Mr. Tunji Oketunbi said in a statement that the agency was yet to do any analysis of the incident to know the causal factors.

“AIB’s recent preliminary report on the serious incident involving Gulfstream G IV Aircraft belonging to Skybird Air Limited with the registration number 5N-BOD, which occurred at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja on September 12, 2018, was based on the information received during the preliminary investigation, which was basically information gathering stage including interview with  the crew.

“It must be restated that AIB has not done any analysis or identified the causal factor for this serious incident. It would therefore be misleading to report that the bureau blamed any organisation or revealed the cause of the occurrence.

“All information relating to weather were as received verbatim from the statement of the crew. AIB will still come out with fuller reports after conducting thorough investigations,” he said.

Oketunbi added that “every accident or serious incident reported undergoes numerous stages of investigation, which qualifies each respective report (preliminary report, m interim statement, and final report) released by the bureau.”

“For preliminary statement is the communication used for the prompt dissemination of data obtained during the early stages of investigation. They are factual information reported by the pilot, crew, passengers, air traffic control and eye witnesses etc.

“For interim statement, if the final report cannot be made publicly available within 12 months, the state conducting the investigation shall make an interim statement publicly available on each anniversary of the occurrence- detailing the progress of the investigation and any safety issues identified.

“At the end of each investigation, it is the responsibility of the Safety Investigation Authority to produce a final report. The report will be issued in the shortest time possible, but without compromising the quality of the investigation. Reports will not name individuals involved to respect their anonymity and the requirements for non-disclosure of certain information.

“The final reports broadly consist of four main sections: factual information, analysis, conclusions, and safety recommendations. The report is expected to conclude with the identification of the findings, causes and contributing factors to the accident,” he added.


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