Africa has highest rate of air accidents

May 1st, 2008 - 12:41 pm ICT by admin  

Abuja (Nigeria), May 1 (DPA) Africa has the highest rate of air accidents in the world, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) president Roberto Kobeh has said. However, Kobeh, who made the declaration when he visited Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua Wednesday, commended the current reforms in the Nigerian aviation sector.

He said the result of the ICAO’s last audit of Nigeria’s aviation industry in October was satisfactory and added that the ICAO would work with Nigeria to improve air safety on the continent.

Yar’Adua said Nigeria has made efforts to ensure airport security and air safety.

An aircraft that went missing in Nigeria March 15 with its three crew members has yet to be found. That came months after the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority celebrated an accident-free year in 2007.

Before then, Nigeria’s indigenous airlines had three major air crashes between 2005 and 2006 which killed over 300 people.

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