26 November 2012

Nigeria: Aviation - AIB, Canadian Firm Sign Pact to Build Fdr/CVR Labolatory

Lagos — Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, of the Aviation Ministry has signed a contract with a Canadian firm to set up FDR/CVR laboratory for purposes of analysing recorded tapes of crashed planes.

At present, the Flight Data Recorder, FDR, and Cockpit Voice Recorded, CVR (Black Boxes), of crashed aircraft were taken overseas for interpretation, to facilitate investigation and report of probable cause of air accidents.

Besides, air accident reports in the country take years to release to the public because of the longer time it takes to decode contents of black boxes outside Nigeria.

Spokesman of the agency, Mr. Tunji Oketunbi, who disclosed this last weekend, said the Canadian firm, CAE/Flight Scape would do the installation of the laboratory in Lagos.

According to him, installation of the laboratory will not only stop patronage of a similar facility abroad but also facilitate prompt accident investigation.

"The Bureau has also signed a contract for installation of FDR/CVR laboratory with CAE/Flight Scape of Canada which will enable the Bureau to download both flight recorders promptly during accident investigation. Hitherto, these units were taken overseas for downloading."

"The Bureau is now recognized by ICAO as the most qualified/competent Air Accident investigation body in the sub region (Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation) and could render its expertise when needed and will be better placed within the sub region," Oketunbi said.

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