Aviation probe: No report on Bellview, ADC crashes, says AIB

Aviation probe: No report on Bellview, ADC crashes, says AIB

As Nigerians continue to watch the various dramas greeting the aftermath of June 3 air mishap involving the Dana aircraft, the Joint Committee of Aviation of the National Assembly rounded off its four-day public hearing on the air crash on Friday with a revelation that seven years after the BELLVIEW plane crash, the Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB is yet to conclude investigations into the cause of the unfortunate incident.

The Dana flight from Abuja to Lagos crashed around Iju-Agege area, killing all the 154 passengers and crew on board.

This was as the Committee tackled the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah on the claims that the intervention fund was diverted by airline operators to other businesses.

Appearing before the Committee headed by Senator Hope Uzodinma, the Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the AIB, Captain Muktar Usman, who was answering questions on the inconclusive investigations into the earlier crashes in the country disclosed that the Bellview and the ADC plane crashes are still being investigated,

However, it was revealed that the United States government had concluded its own investigations into the two incidents and discovered that the crashes occurred because the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN failed to enforce safety regulations and oversight.

The Committee also faulted the rescue operation of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) at the Dana Air crash site, saying it was obvious that there was a problem of proper coordination between the stakeholders.

On the alleged diversion of Aviation Intervention Fund by some airline operators, the Governor of Central Bank (CBN), Sanusi Lamido said that the fund was floated to salvage the aviation sector. The Governor was represented before the Committee by the bank’s Director of Communication, Ugochukwu Okoroafor.

The apex bank was dragged before the committee to defend the N35 billion Aviation Intervention fund amidst allegations that some of the operators that had benefited from it had diverted the fund.

However, the apex bank maintained that that as a result of the fund, non-performing loans in the sector has dipped to N22.9 billion from N84 billion last year.