(NAN) The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has commenced the construction of a “Wreckage Hangar’’ as part of efforts to ensure the speedy investigations of air crashes and incidents in Nigeria.
The AIB Investigator, Mr Patrick Nwobwu, who conducted newsmen round the facility located at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Friday said the hangar was an integral part of AIB.
According to him, the wreckage hangar is a place where all wreckages of aircraft involved in accidents are kept for further investigation.
Nwobwu said the hangar was where the physical reconstruction of an aircraft involved in a crash was fused together to determine an in-flight separation.
“The wreckage hangar is a tool for accident investigation, it is where we start putting parts of an aircraft involve in a crash together for further investigations.
“This is to enable us to know what happened in the sky, that to know which part of the aircraft was intact in order to ascertain where the problem emanated from.
“We don’t speculate, whatever we tell you is factual, whatever we tell you is the fact and it stands the test of time,’’ Nwobwu said.
The Director of Operations, AIB, Capt. Yusuf Lawal, said the hangar which would comprise a workshop, would be equipped with all necessary modern tools and a metallurgical office.
Lawal also expressed optimism that the hangar, when completed, would be used for the training of other investigators in Africa.
According to him, the construction of the hangar is the first of its kind in the region.
Lawal, who declined to state the cost of the project, said it would be completed in the first quarter of 2014.
He said the preliminary investigation on the flight data by the Monitoring and Accident Investigation Laboratory Unit of the bureau would be further investigated in the wreckage hanger when completed.
The aircraft, Embraer 120, with registration number 5N BJY belonging to Associated Airline, crashed at the Domestic Wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, on Oct. 3, shortly after take-off. (NAN)