The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has solicited the support of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in the development of an emergency response plan that would provide guideline on how to deal with emergency situations within the aviation sector. The AIB Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Engr Akin Olateru made the request during a courtesy call on the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
Engr Olateru disclosed that AIB currently lacks an integrated emergency response plan and therefore seeks the support of relevant organizations including the NAF to help in developing a comprehensive document that would provide detailed information on emergency handling. The NAF, he said, has been of great assistance to the Bureau in handling emergencies in the past, noting that the proximity of NAF Bases to airports offers an opportunity to leverage on NAF medical facilities for the treatment of accident victims during emergencies. Engr Olateru also solicited for support in the area of training for AIB staff in NAF safety institution.
In his response, the CAS assured the AIB Chief of support in its quest to develop an emergency response plan noting that the NAF is familiar with necessary safety and response measures in the aviation industry. Air Marshal Abubakar further said that the NAF has expanded its various medical facilities to effectively cater for emergency cases. In addition, the Service he said has also collaborated with NEMA to designate some Operational Units as disaster response outfits across the country.
Air Marshal Abubakar urged the AIB to key into the NAF evaluation activities to gain insight on ways to prevent accident and add value to what they have. He also called for joint ‘accident simulation exercise’ to identify gaps in handling emergency situations.