AIB HOSTS AVIATION SAFETY SYMPOSIUM IN LAGOS – BY Daisy BARRO

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The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) opened a 3-day aviation safety symposium to acquaint participants on methodologies that help mitigate accidents in the aviation sector in Nigeria. The event which runs from August 14-16, 2019 is facilitated by the U.S National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in partnership with the US Department of Transportation’s Safe Skies for Africa (SSFA).

Holding at Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja-Lagos, the symposium attracted a plethora of dignitaries from within and outside Nigeria such as Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, Managing Director and CEO, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), former NTSB Managing Director Mr. Dennis Jones, as well as Ms. Shamicka Fulson, Program Manager, NTSB just to name a few, who are the resource persons for the event.

In his opening address, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu welcomed participants and stressed the importance of learning from previous accident investigations in order to get better at preventing future accidents. His address was followed by a brief introductory remark by Ms Shamicka Fulson who talked about the history of NTSB as well as its internal structure and partners.

Much later in the day, Mr. Dennis Jones talked on the fundamentals of accident investigations, the investigation process and evaluations of evidence. He described the work done by the NTSB as, “We take a mess and turn it into a message.” This was his way of describing the intricacies involved in the investigation process, with a focus on being able to translate all findings into positive change that helps prevent further accidents.

The forum was quite engaging and served as a veritable platform for participants to air their views and ask questions relating to various aspects of accident investigation with a view to becoming change agents in their various fields of endeavour.

Other issues in focus include “Meeting The Challenges of Family Assistance: Lessons Learned & Best Practices from the NTSB; Effective Safety Advocacy: Creating a Positive Change in Transportation Safety; as well as Case Studies.

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