Nigerian Air Force to do safety audit of all units following fatal crash

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) announced the formation of a committee to conduct a safety audit of all its operational and engineering units.

The committee, which is made up of both serving and retired officers, is expected to submit its report by June 18.

FILE PHOTO: The wreckage of a Nigerian Air force jet is seen at Katampe hill in Abuja, Nigeria. (Xinhua/Olatunji Obasa)

“The Committee is to, among other terms of reference, analyse safety reports from operational and engineering units, conduct safety evaluation of NAF units and recommend measures to enhance safety of operations in the units,” a statement issued by the NAF on Tuesday said.

“The Committee is also to interact with unit operational and technical personnel for views, observations and contributions on safety measures. Chaired by Air Vice Marshal Abraham Adole, the Deputy Theatre Commander, Operation Hadin Kai,” it added.

The formation of the committee comes in the wake of a fatal aircraft crash last week which killed the Nigerian army commander Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers.

The May 21 crash was the latest such incident to hit the NAF, which is in the middle of a multiagency effort to restore peace and security in the West African nation, particularly its restive northern regions.

In February, seven people were killed after a Nigerian military aircraft crashed near the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in the capital Abuja after reporting an engine failure.

Nigeria has had a poor air safety record in the past, although it has improved in recent years.