Republic of Cameroon seeks AIB-N help on accident investigation

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The Republic of Cameroon has sought for support of Accident Investigative Bureau, Nigeria Chapter (AIB-N) on the investigation of an accident involving Havilland DHC 400 Twinotter aircraft that occurred on May 11, 2022 in Cameroon.

The Director of Civil Aviation of the Ministry of Transportation, Cameroon, Mrs Essimi Dine,

who led the team to AIB-N headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday said the support of AIB was necessary due to its advanced infrastructure for accident investigation.

She said the AIB-N would help to download and analyze information from the recorder of the aircraft.

According to her, the Republic of Cameroon would further collaborate with AIB-N, on capacity building in accident investigation and how to collaborate.

Earlier, Mr Akin Olateru, the Commissioner of Accident Investigative Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N), said the bureau was part of the investigation of the accident as Nigerians were on board.

According to him, two Nigerians as pilots and a Cameroonian operator were involved in the accident. 

“But Cameroon has decided to seek assistance in terms of the investigation to help with; the download of the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) analysis of information and animation of how it happened.

“As you 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.