“Wildlife strike affect airports small and large in all regions of the world, therefore it is both a risk to aviation safety and financial burden,” he said.
Yadudu said that according to International Civil Aviation Organisations (ICAO), wildlife represents 3.6 per cent of all aviation incidents.
“However, the figure from ICAO although looking small, is major giving the fact that a lot of these strikes go unnoticed while some are unrecorded.
“Therefore, a reduction of hazard from wildlife strike is a critical element in improving aviation safety.
“It is a nod to this and a recognition of the roles that stakeholders across the spectrum need to play in order to achieve this objective,” he said.
Yadudu said the symposium would ensure that the regulator, airport operators, air traffic providers, airline operators, pilots, wildlife managers and airport neighbours gain valuable information.
According to him, this entails plans, practice and procedures that can contribute to manage the risks associated with wildlife strike.
In his remark, the FAAN Director, Airport Operations, Mr Muktar Muye, said increased air traffic and growing bird population near airports raised the risk of aircraft-bird collision, known as bird strike.
“A little century ago when the aircraft was invented, little thought was spread to any notion of conflict that may arise by sharing the skies with the birds,” he said.
He said the reality today was that when aircraft and birds attempt to share same space at same time, then collision occurs, however, when it was a case of bird versus airline, both lose.
He said: “However, bird strike incident can be a result of careless management of either wildlife population or habitat at or near airport.
“The onus is on the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to have appropriate regulation and legislation.
“This will further regulate the safety concern including those related to land use around aerodrome”.
Muye questioned if flights should be delayed to accommodate wildlife management activities and if crew could rely on data from wildlife management personnel to have safer operations among other questions.
Ahmed said Enugu airport might have a lot of bird strikes because of the abattoir located near the runway.
He said 127 bird strike cases were recorded in 2019 and 193 recorded in 2017, while 98 and 58 cases were recorded in 2016 and 2015 respectively. (NAN)