AIB Commissioner: Delta Air Lines Undermine Nigeria's Law On Incident Investigation

AIB Commissioner: Delta Air Lines Undermine Nigeria's Law On Incident Investigation

The Commissioner of Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), the agency meant to investigate accidents and incidents in the country, Mr Akin Okateru declared this at a press briefing yesterday evening. "Nothing can be simpler than this, but unfortunately, as of 3 pm today, they refused to notify the authorized agency by law of the land to investigate this kind of serious incident", he added.

Olateru said the airline's crew had also been barred from leaving Nigeria until they have been thoroughly interviewed by investigators to ascertain what led to the incident.

"As you are aware, AIB is an agency of government that investigates accidents and serious incidents". It is one of the world's biggest airlines in the world for not respecting our own nation and laws of the land. Everything we do here is in accordance with ICAO Annexe 13.

Olateru said Delta Airlines has not officially report the incident to the AIB, a development that contravenes Nigerian laws.

Olateru said it was the responsibility of the AIB to investigate such serious incidents, but the airline only notified the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Muhtar told newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos that the Accident Investigation Bureau would investigate the incident in line with the Act setting up the bureau.

THE Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has classified the fire that engulfed the engine of an Atlanta, United States (U.S.)-bound Delta Airlines flight as "a very serious incident".

"We have an obligation to notify ICAO of this serious incident but unfortunately, we cannot fulfil that obligation because we are still waiting for Delta to give us information as to this serious incident".

"The flight has been rescheduled for Wednesday February 14, 2018 and affected passengers are already being checked in for departure".

"ICAO law governs all the activities of air transport business". They know that we must be notified. "Our websites are there; they can download the form, they can download the App. We wrote to Delta in October last year notifying them that we have AIB App, which they just need to download on their phone and send us notification".

Olateru was however silent on the cause of the incident but said this would be revealed by the investigation.

"Yes, it is a US carrier, US operator, US registered aircraft but there are certain state protocols which have to be respected that give right of investigation to the country of occurrence, except the country of occurrence decides to cede that investigation to country of operator or any other country".

The statement said: "Some of the passengers, who sustained injuries, were rushed down to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja for prompt medical attention".

He said the aircraft's pilot made an air return after declaring emergency at 9.51 pm UTC.

"The flight landed safely and customers exited the aircraft on the runway via emergency slides".

Some of the agencies on ground included the Aviation Security (AVSEC), NCAA, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Fire Service, Port Health and Aviation Clinic.

But in this case, we are able, equipped to investigate this serious incident and we will investigate it but for the sake of clarity, am disappointed in Delta. He agreed with me and he will make sure that Delta do the needful.

It said that airport fire authorities met the aircraft upon arrival while the passengers were bussed back to the terminal. Registration number of the aircraft is n858NW.Aircraft reported fire warning on-board left the engine and made an emergency landing at the time and that was at 21.19UTC.

"The safety of Delta's customers and crew members is always our top priority", Awe said.

Delta Airline confirmed that five passengers with "non- critical" injuries were hospitalized while the remaining passengers were put in different hotels overnight.