In a July 19 address to the African Ministerial Conference on Aviation, ICAO Council president Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez attempted to calm some of the world’s concerns about aviation safety in the region.
“Despite our best intentions and actions to improve safety, aviation holds a certain degree of risk,” he said. “This was illustrated by the unfortunate events near Lagos [the crash of a Dana Air MD-83 into a downtown apartment building] barely six weeks ago. To their credit, Nigerian civil aviation authorities responded quickly, in accordance with ICAO accident investigation procedures. I was further reassured to learn that proper assistance was given to the Nigerian aviation community to determine the probable causes of the accident, so that similar events do not reoccur. I can assure you that the international aviation community will support any and all states that demonstrate this kind of political will to address aviation safety challenges in their territory.”
Gonzales also said, “The world believes in the potential of Africa. The world needs Africa to succeed. It is up to all of us, together, to make sure that air transport leads the way to African prosperity and well being for all of its citizens.”