18 June 2012

Nigeria: Air Crash Reports - Kayode Should Substantiate Doctoring Claim - Capt Akinkuotu

Following the claim by Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode that the Federal Government was responsible for doctoring reports of past plane crashes in the country "in an attempt to manipulate the reports", Rector of Ilorin College of Aviation, Kwara state, Captain. Fola Akinkuotu has said that Chief Kayode should substantiate his claim.

Captain Akinkuotu while disclosing this development to newsmen said, "I am not aware and I do not know and then I can't say whether any document has been doctored and I do not expect that they should be doctored. I like to believe that people in the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) are good people and are professionals.

However, if a former minister says so, what I will say is that the statement should not be made only, but should be substantiated"

Asked if there was any time the report of an accident was doctored, Captain Akinkuotu said that he was not sure but affirmed that any statement that could not be substantiated by the claimant was only been subjective adding that in a matter of this magnitude everyone concern should be objective.

"I wouldn't know and like I said I don't expect it. I don't want to pass judgement over what I do not know. Anything that can't be substantiated becomes subjective and I think we should be very objective in this matter" he noted.

There are reports that the Federal Government, fails to make public the reports because, in some instances, the local versions contradicted the versions prepared by the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) of the US, renowned for air crash investigations across the world. The situation thus puts the government in a quandary.

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