Enterprise Television- Delta Air Lines Violates International Law on Aircraft Incident, Accident – AIB Commissioner
Almost 20 hours after the fire incident involving one of the two engines of Delta Air Lines mid-air, the airline is 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 filed in a report to the National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) in 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 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.
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 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.