19 AFRICAN COUNTRIES SEND OFFICIALS TO AVIATION ACCIDENTS WORKSHOP IN ADDIS

More than 100 participants from 19 African countries are attending a two-day workshop on loss of control in-flight and upset prevention and recovery organized jointly by Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The loss of control in-flight has been identified as one of the main causes of aircraft accidents with the highest fatality rate and hull loss throughout the world.

ICAO Regional Director for East and South Africa Barry Kashambo said in his opening speech at the workshop Monday that Africa had faced challenges in maintaining high safety of aviation. The accident rate in 2015 was recorded as 7.3 per million departures compared with a world-ICAO members' average of 2.83 per million departures, he added.

According to Kashambo, the workshop had the objective of sensitizing the operators, pilots, civil aviation authorities and industries on how to mitigate causes of loss of control in-flight.

As Ethiopian (Airlines) is the best performing airline in Africa, this is one of the best places for this workshop to host at this time of the year," he noted.

Ethiopian Civil Aviation Director-General Colonel Wesenyeleh Hunegnaw expressed his appreciation to Ethiopian Airlines for availing its facility to hod the workshop and to the ICAO for their readiness to share experiences.

He added that Ethiopia was keen to prioritize action regarding the implementation of all the three high-risk accident categories through sufficient co-ordination among all stakeholders as soon as possible.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK