Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Delta Air Lines Violates International Law On Aircraft Incident, Accident – Accident Investigation Bureau Commissioner

Delta Air Lines Inc, Airbus A330-200, N858NW, Flight DL-55 

Almost 20 hours after the fire incident involving one of the two engines of Delta Air Lines mid-air, the airline has yet to report the serious incident to Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), which is saddled with the responsibility of investigating such magnitude of the incident.

Rather, Delta Air Lines filed in a report to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in United States of America, notifying the board of the incident.

The action of the American carrier did not however go down well with the Commissioner of AIB, Engr. Akin Olateru who insisted that the airline has violated the recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO), which stipulates that the state of occurrence must be carried along in such an incident.

Olateru in an interview with journalists at the Lagos airport, said that as at 3pm today, no official of the airline had contacted the agency on the incident.

He explained that the inability of the airline to inform AIB had prevented it from notifying ICAO as required by the law.

He said: “Everything we do here is in accordance with ICAO Annex 13. Unfortunately, up until 3 pm, this afternoon, Delta Air Lines has refused to notify AIB in accordance with the law of our country. But, they notified the US NTSB but they refused at 3 pm today, there is still no notification from Delta Air Lines as to this serious incident."

“We have an obligation to notify ICAO on this serious incident, but unfortunately, we cannot fulfill that obligation because we are still waiting for Delta to give us information as to this serious incident. This is a serious incident and by law, we are investigating it.

“There is what they call the country of occurrence and Nigeria is a country of occurrence of this incident. Yes, it is a US carrier, US operator, US registered aircraft, but there are certain state protocols, which have to be respected that give right of investigation to the country of occurrence except for the country of occurrence decides to cede that investigation to the country of the operator or any other country.”

He lamented that since the aircraft returned to Nigeria on an emergency, its investigators were still unable to go near the aircraft, saying that information received from NTSB indicated that Delta would arrive Nigeria today with two of its investigators to carry out an investigation on the aircraft.

“But in this case, we are able, equipped to investigate this serious incident and we will investigate it but for the sake of clarity, am disappointed in Delta. It is one of the world’s biggest airlines in the world for not respecting our own nation and laws of the land."

“It is totally unacceptable, and we condemn it in totality and I believe the way I see it, we are being undermined, which is not acceptable. ICAO law governs all the activities of air transport business. They know that we must be notified. Our websites are there; they can download the form, they can download the App. We wrote to Delta Air Lines in October last year notifying them that we have AIB App, which they just need to download on their phone and send us notification."

“It is a very simple process. Nothing can be simpler than this, but unfortunately, as of 3 pm today, they refused to notify the authorized agency by law of the land to investigate this kind of serious incident,” he added.

According to him, rather for the crew to report to AIB as required by the law, they attempted to leave Nigeria without notification until they were prevented from doing so.

Olateru was however silent on the cause of the incident but said this would be revealed by the investigation.

However, Delta Air Lines has flown in another aircraft from its base at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the United States to airlift the passengers who were affected by the Tuesday’s incident.

The aircraft, an Airbus arrived the international wing of the Lagos airport at 3 pm on Wednesday.

The airline said that the passengers would depart on Wednesday night.

Original article can be found here ➤

Delta Airlines engine fire: A serious incident, says Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority

Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Wednesday classified the fire that engulfed a Delta Airlines Airbus 330 – 200 aircraft as a very serious incident and has handed over its investigation to the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

The regulator in a statement by its spokesman, Sam Adurogboye said the classification is in line with the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

According to Adurogboye, the Delta Airlines aircraft with registration number N858NW with 219 passengers on board took off from the Lagos Airport about 9.51 pm Universal Time Coordinated (UTC) on Tuesday February 13, 2018 when the crew noticed abnormal engine conditions in one of the two engines.

He said the pilot in command consequently made an air return after declaring emergency at 9.51 pm UTC .

The statement reads: ”A Delta Air Lines aircraft which departed Lagos for New York has aborted its flight over fire warnings.

The Delta Air Lines Flight DAL55 Airbus A330-200 with registration N858NW took off at 2151 utc on Tuesday- February 13, 2018 when the crew noticed abnormal engine condition in one of its two engines.

“Consequently, the Pilot-in-Command (PIC) made an air return after declaring emergency at 2159 utc. All emergency services were provided to assist in the passengers’ evacuation and to contain the fire.

“Some of the passengers who sustained injuries were rushed down to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja for prompt medical attention.

“In line with safety standards, the international Runway (18R) was promptly closed to traffic while the domestic Runway (18L/36R) was opened to other flights for emergency operations.

“However, at time 0020UTC (1:20 am Local Time), the international Runway (18R) was reopened to traffic after the aircraft was evacuated from the Runway and a Runway sweeping and inspection conducted.

“This incident was classified as serious incident in line with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) classification, and investigation was handed over to Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

“The flight has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 14, 2018 and affected passengers are already being checked in for departure.

“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) wishes to commend the prompt response of Airport Safety Services and other stakeholders.

“NCAA wishes to reassure the travelling public, airlines and other aviation stakeholders of her continued commitment to Aviation safety and security.“

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