Cameroon seeking the assistance of the Accident Investigation Bureau of Nigeria, or AIB-N, to investigate the Havilland DHC 400 Twinotter aircraft accident that happened on May 11, 2022 in Cameroon’s airspace.
The delegation was taken to the AIB-N headquarters in Abuja by Essimi Dine, Director of Civil Aviation for the Ministry of Transportation of Cameroon, who explained that the organization’s cooperation was essential due to its cutting-edge infrastructure and technical expertise in accident investigation.
She said that AIB-N would assist in retrieving and analyzing data from the doomed aircraft recorder.
She stated that the Republic of Cameroon will continue to work with AIB-N to enhance capacity for accident investigation.
“We have come to see how AIB is doing things; what they can do in terms of equipment and infrastructure they have.
“We appreciate the support of the AIB. We assure that the cause of the accident will be resolved after our work here.
“We will further request for other areas of collaboration. We really appreciate the support of AIB,” she said.
Akin Olateru, Commissioner of the Crash Investigative Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N), had earlier stated that the bureau was involved in the accident inquiry since there were Nigerians on board.
He claimed that the crash involved a Cameroonian operator and two Nigerian pilots.
“Cameroon has decided to seek assistance in terms of the investigation to help with; the download of the Flight Data Recorder, and Cockpit Voice Recorder analysis of information and animation of how it happened.
“As you are aware, we have one of the best accident investigative laboratories in the world. We have capability of getting information from the damaged recorder which the aircraft came with.
“The aircraft came with a highly burned recorder. We will be able to retrieve information from it,” he said.
Olateru said the AIB-N had previously assisted Niger Republic, the Gambia, and Sierra Leone were among the African nations.
The AIB-N chief went on to say that the Ministry of Justice has given the organization permission to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Sierra Leone in order to assist in the establishment of an Independent Accident Investigation Centre there.