EASA Rep Urges Investigators to Eschew Political Interference for Objective Results

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Participants during the closing of the Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency Aircraft Investigation Course held at the Farmington Hotel in Monrovia, Liberia,

Mr. Nicolas Leroy, a representative from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), emphasized avoiding political interference in aircraft accident investigations. Leroy spoke during the closing of the Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency Aircraft Investigation Course.

The course held from June 3-7 at the Farmington Hotel in Monrovia, Liberia, deepened African aircraft accident investigators’ knowledge through interactions.

Challenges Investigators Face:

Leroy emphasized that investigators must prepare for external pressures such as political interference and pressures from the families of the deceased. He stated, “As investigators, you should always be ready to move to the crash site whenever called upon, regardless of the situation. You will face political interference in accident investigations, pressures from the deceased’s families, and other forms of pressure. Remember that you must produce a report at the end of the day, no matter the situation.”

Preparedness and Training:

Leroy charged investigators to be ready to deploy at a moment’s notice, highlighting that aircraft accident investigations demands instant readiness. He urged participants to use the knowledge gained during the training as tools for future challenges. “Accident investigations entail so many challenges,” he said, stressing the need for continuous preparedness.

Host and Training Impact:

Captain Moses K. Weefur, Liberia AAAIB Commissioner, praised the commitment shown during the training and expressed confidence in BAGAIA’s growth. He advised participants to apply what they learned in the field to carry out safety tasks effectively and efficiently. He said, “Participants have learned here to always find the causes, analyze, and make findings, reports, and safety recommendations.” Weefur emphasized that these actions would help stop future occurrences without apportioning blame or liability to any party.

Weefur emphasized that the Liberia AAIB would always rely on BAGAIA and Nigeria for training and assistance. BAGAIA Commissioner Engr. Charles Irikefe Erhueh, in his closing remarks, highlighted the workshop’s focus on essential investigation procedures. “From identifying causes and contributing factors in aviation accidents to applying specific methodologies for a comprehensive and accurate analysis,” he said, “the training deepened participants’ understanding of investigation processes and enabled them to deal with complex challenges effectively.”

Erhueh praised the collaboration and teamwork observed during the workshop, calling the experience truly inspiring and enriching for everyone involved. He stated, “The exchange of knowledge and experiences enriches us and strengthens our ability to act in an integrated and effective way.” Each interaction and challenge overcome brought participants closer to the common goal of promoting a culture of safety and excellence in aviation.

The BAGAIA Aircraft Investigation Course has reinforced the importance of preparedness and objectivity in aircraft accident investigations. With continuous learning and collaboration, investigators can effectively address the challenges they face, ensuring safety and excellence in aviation.

 

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