The Chief Executive Officer of the Accident Investigation Bureau, Capt. Mukhtar Usman, on Friday disclosed that an accident investigation laboratory would soon be inaugurated in the country.
Usman stated this while speaking with aviation correspondents at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja.
He said the laboratory built at a cost of 5.5 million dollars would be located in Abuja in line with international practices.
“The bureau is very close to launching its own Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) laboratory being installed by the CAE/ FlightScape Incorporation of Canada which will enable us to download both flight recorders promptly during investigation. `
`Hitherto and now, these units are taken overseas for downloading, “ the News Agency of Nigeria quoted the AIB chief as saying on the issue.
Usman added that when completed, the laboratory would also handle cases of air, marine, road and rail accidents.
“We have highly qualified accident investigators who were trained in world class institutions to man the laboratory on inauguration, he said.
Usman said that 20 out of the bureau’s 32 recommendations had so far been implemented by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Aviation.
Accident Investigation Laboratory, AIB To Inaugurate