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80% of aviation accidents caused by human error- Air chief

Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall, Sadique Abubakar, has said that 70 to 80 per cent of aviation accidents globally are caused by human error.

He spoke at the opening of a one-day seminar on Safety in Aircraft Maintainace Environment 2018 at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) base in Kaduna with the theme of the Seminar is ” Promoting Safety Culture in Aircraft Maintainace”.
Represented by Chief of Standard and Evaluation, AVM Charles Ohwo, the CAS said, NAF is strongly determined to work with regulators and other stakeholders in ensuring that all operational as well as engineering units improve on their present standards.
 
“Recall that several reports worldwide have shown that aviation accidents are of events with human factors being the chunk of the accidents. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Safety report found that 26 per cent of the accidents have maintenance cause event which started the accident chain,’’ he said.
 
Abubakar said with these startling statistics, it is essential to urgently address aircraft maintenace safety issues with renewed vision and vigour adding, “The aim is to enhance operational efficiency through reduction or elimination of platforms losses caused by avoidable accidents.”
 
Earlier the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Air Training Command, AVM Muhammad Idris, said that the NAF Institute of Safety (NAFIS) has trained a lot of personnel who are expected to be safety practitioners in their respective units.
 
Idris said this year alone, the institute had trained 78 officers, airmen and airwomen with another 45 students pilots undergoing the safety officers course saying, “This efforts signify the high premium the service places on aircraft maintenace and aviation safety.”

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