Accidents underline Africa is more problem-prone

Two recent plane crashes were due to lack of infrastructure and not enough government oversight

African carriers Allied Air Cargo Dana Air’s IATA IATA Operational Safety Audit registry Kotoka International Airport Lagos Tony Tyler

The two recent aviation accidents – an Allied Air Cargo B 727-200 freighter overshooting the runway at Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport and Dana Air’s MD-83 crashing into a residential building in Lagos, Nigeria – have brought out the fact that Africa continues to be the problem region. According to IATA, the accident rate for African carriers not appearing on the IATA Operational Safety Audit registry is five times higher than the global average. IATA director general and ceo Tony Tyler has pointed out that the problems in Africa were multifaceted and stemmed from “insufficient government oversight and a lack of infrastructure investment”.