• Wednesday, November 29, 2023
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Dana crash final report ready soon – FG


The Federal Government said on Tuesday that the final report of the Dana crash of June 3, 2012 which killed all occupants on board and four others on ground (about 160 persons) would soon be ready.

Earlier, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) released a preliminary reports which blamed human error for the accident.

In a statement signed by Tunji Oketunbi, spokesman for AIB, on Tuesday, he said after the release of the preliminary report, further investigations have progressed, adding that the investigative activities have included the full participation of the state of manufacture/design represented by the US National Transportation Safety Board and US Technical Advisors, the US Federal Aviation Administration, The Boeing Company, and Pratt & Whitney Engines.

He said, “Outstanding investigative activities are near completion to be followed by the production of the final report. The report will be in compliance with applicable International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards to include factual information, analysis, findings and recommendations. The AIB appreciates all of the cooperation, support and contributions provided by the involved organisations, investigation participants, and stakeholders.

“Despite the heavy destruction of the aircraft due to impact and fire, in addition to other post crash disturbance of the wreckage, which resulted in the absence of substantial physical evidence and flight recorder data that would have provided information on the operation, performance, and mechanical integrity of the airplane, the investigation has progressed significantly. Extensive investigative activities have and continue to be conducted both domestically and in the US.

“The activities have included interviews of relevant personnel of the aircraft operator, the regulatory agency, service providers in addition to other personnel familiar with the operational and regulatory oversight aspects pertinent with the accident flight”, he added.

According to Oketunbi, the safety issues identified during the investigation are: engine and related system performance; flight-crew performance; validation of foreign pilot certificates; pre-employment background checks of pilots and maintenance documentation.