Official reports about the crash of the helicopter conveying Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to Kabba, Kogi state has been released.
According to the reports released by the Accident Investigation Bureau ( AIB ) on Wednesday, the helicopter crash involving Agusta Westland W 139 Caverton Helicopters which flew Vice President was caused by the weather condition.
The AIB attributed the February 2, 2019 crash of the Chopper marked with registration number 5N – CML to effects of a brown out generated during its landing in a dry dusty environment. It said Caverton should have carried out risk assessment test at the Kaaba stadium before the flight.
Brown out in aviation par lance means a condition generated during landing in a sandy, dusty environment.
The chopper operated by Caverton Helicopter occurred at Kaaba Stadium in Kogi State. It flew Osinbajo his entourage and three crew members. The chopper was manufactured in 2012.
Speaking at a briefing at its headquarters at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, AIB Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Akin Olateru said though the investigation into the crash is ongoing, it has however issued two safety recommendations to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the operator : Caverton Helicopters Limited.
Olateru said the NCAA should issue advisory circular to helicopter operators on the effects of brown out and how to mitigate its effects.
The second safety recommendation, Olateru said is for Caverton Helicopters to carry out proper risk analysis and assessment before operating flights into unapproved landing pad. He said the final report on the accident will be released in few months.
The helicopter which conveyed the VP to Kogi state for campaign had crash landed while supporters were waiting for him.
Osinbajo’s Special Assistant on Media, Mr Laolu Akande who announced the accident in a tweet, said the VP and all the occupants of the chopper are safe. He said the VP continued on his campaign trip after the incident.
“VP Osinbajo’s chopper crash lands in Kabba. But he and the entire crew safe. He is continuing with his engagements and plans for the day in Kogi State”, he tweeted.
Osinbajo also spoke about the crash at the rally of the APC in Ado-Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti state.
Osinbajo said “God delivered me from the crash because he wants me to work, that is what he called me to do and that is what we will do.
Source: The Nation
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