Budget Constraints will delay the report in the investigation of the Dana Air Crash of June 03, according to the aviation minister, Princess Stella Oduah.
“The Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and Flight Data Recorder (FDR) of the ill-fated flight were taken to the NTSB Laboratory in Washington DC, USA for readout and analysis. This capability, which can improve the time it takes to conclude an Accident Investigation by the AIB would have been achieved this year if not for budget constraints”, said the minister during her presentation to the Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committees’ Investigation into the Dana aircraft accident of Sunday 03 June, 2012.
She disclosed that the representatives of US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the manufacturers of the aircraft (The Boeing Company, USA), and the engines (Pratt and Whitney USA) have joined the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) in the investigation of the Dana Air aircraft accident.
Oduah further gave insight into some of the measures so far taken by the ministry, its parastatals and the airline since the accident.
She said, “As of today, all the bodies from the airplane have been recovered from the crash site, including the bodies of the people on the ground who lost their lives in the crash. The Lagos State Government in conjunction with the Accident Investigations Bureau (AIB) and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is managing the process of identification and release of bodies to families for burial”.
She also said AIB’s investigation is in line with the Civil Aviation Act 2006 and International Standards and Best Practices, adding that “the sole objective of the investigation of an accident or incident shall be the prevention of accidents and incidents. It is not the purpose of this activity to apportion blame or liability”.
She assured the Nigerian public that the Federal Government is committed to maintaining a very high level of aviation safety in the country.