6 December 2017

Nigeria: Restructure Your Quality Assurance System, Ilorin Aviation College Told

Lagos — The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has tasked Ilorin International Aviation College to restructure its quality assurance system to provide adequate safety oversight on its maintenance department to enhance safe operations.

AIB made the recommendation in its report on the incident involving a Diamond DA42 aircraft with registration number 5N-BNH owned and operated by the college which happened on August 18, 2014.

The IAC report was one of the four reports released last week by the Commissioner/CEO of the bureau, Engr. Akin Olateru.

The incident, which occurred at Runway 23 of Ilorin International Airport, involved a student and an instructor with the aircraft belly-landing on a foamed runway following the failure of its landing gear.

Olateru said the report attributed the failure to adhere to the main wheel installation procedure as the causal factor alongside inadequate oversight by the quality assurance department.

The reports also identified human error as mostly responsible.

So far, 10 reports were released in 2017 with 35 safety recommendations made and one safety bulletin even as the bureau launched a mobile app to simplify the process of accident report.

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