Africa: AIB says Suntai was not qualified, certified to fly crashed Cessna 208B Caravan aircraft
ACCIDENT Investigation Bureau ( AIB) today released the report of the Cessna 208B Caravan aircraft that cost the life of former Taraba State Governor, late Danbaba Suntai and three other passengers revealing he was not certified, qualified or competent to fly the aircraft.
This is just as the Bureau revealed in its report that it could not conclusively determine the cause of this accident which occurred at Kwanan-Waya Village, Yola South Local Government Area, Adamawa State On 25th October 2012, seven years ago.
AIB made this known today as it released the final report of six occurrences including the report on the accident involving a Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited Sikorsky S76C++ Helicopter with nationality and registration marks 5N-BQJ, report on the accident involving a Boeing MD-83 aircraft operated by Dana Airlines Ltd with Nationality and Registration Marks 5N-SRI, report on the Serious Incident involving an Airbus A330-223 aircraft operated by Delta Air Lines Inc. with nationality and registration marks N858NW.
Others are report on the accident involving a Cessna 208B Caravan with Nationality and Registration Marks 5N-BMJ belonging to Ministry of Works and Transport, Taraba State Government, report on the accident involving a Diamond DA40D Aircraft operated by International Aviation College (IAC) Ilorin with nationality and registration Marks 5N-BRD, and report on the serious incident involving Gulfstream G200 Aircraft Operated by Nestoil PLC.
According to the final report released on the Cessna 208B Caravan with registration marks 5N-BMJ belonging to Ministry of Works and Transport, Taraba State Government, flown by the late former governor, Suntai was qualified to fly a Cessna 172 but on the day of the unfortunate accident he commandeered a Cessna Caravan 208B.
The AIB also identified the decision of the pilot to operate a Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flight after sunset when he was not type rated on such operations as well as inadequate oversight by the Regulatory Authority as contributory causal factors.
Also that the pilot does not have instrument ratings and night flight privileges and reported an incorrect estimated time of arrival (ETA at Yola as 10:01 UTC as against the time 17:19 UTC.
He also reported the number of persons on board as 06 to the Control Tower as against 04 actual persons found after the accident.
The AIB in it safety recommendations called on the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency ( NAMA) to take appropriate action to relocate the existing control tower at Yola Airport in order to enhance the aerial view of the approach path of runway 35 from the Tower.
The Bureau also advised NCAA to ensure all pertinent regulations with regards to the operations of the aircraft and certification of all relevant personnel and facilities of the Ministry of Works and Transport, Taraba State Government are appropriately complied with.