The Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation Bureau-Ghana (AIB) launched its maiden edition of the Aviation Safety Investigation Day with a symposium at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra.
The symposium, according to Commissioner AIB-Ghana, Mr. Akwasi Prempeh, has particular significance because it was the first time that speakers from the Nigeria Safety Investigation Bureau, the Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency (BAGAIA), the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and local stakeholders from the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) all graced the occasion.
He claimed that these professionals will be imparting their knowledge, ideas, and insights in the field of investigation.
Mr. Daniel Acquah, Deputy Director-Technical of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) who spoke on behalf of Mr. Charles Kraikue, Director-General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) stated that, Global aviation safety has benefited greatly from an investigation and prevention of accidents.
The aviation industry, he continued, should not undervalue the calculated risk and trust that the general public places in them each time they choose to travel by air, as well as the industry’s obligation to guarantee their safety. The more data that is gathered and analyzed, the better the chances for the future of data-driven decision-making, he said, adding that the GCAA looks forward to working with and strengthening its collaboration with the AIB in areas like the establishment of Accident and Incident Data Reporting compatible systems for recording of occurrences.
The symposium’s theme, “Working Together for an Innovative and Sustainable Global Aviation,” covered a variety of subjects, including best practices and experience sharing, sharing safety information about aircraft accidents and associated protocols, and upcoming and ongoing efforts in accident investigation and prevention.