Lagos Military Helicopter Accident Caused By Hydraulic Failure – Airforce

Nigerian Air Force HelicopterThe Nigerian Air Force says the accident reported earlier involving its Super Puma Helicopter was due to hydraulic failure while on taxi to the hanger.

According to the Air Force, the accident occurred at about 10:00am on Friday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos State, while the helicopter was returning to the Apron after the completion of a training mission.

“The helicopter suffered severe damage due to hydraulic failure while on taxi to the hanger,” the spokesman for the Air Force, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, said in a statement..

There was no casualty recorded.

But the main Rotor debris caused damage to some ground equipment, the statement further read.

A source within the airport community had earlier told Channels Television that the blade of the aircraft came off in flight.

Consequently, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal AN Amosu has ordered immediate investigation to unravel the circumstances that led to the accident.

The last time an aircraft accident occurred around the airport in Lagos was in October 2013, when an aircraft operated by Associated Airlines, crashed shortly after taking off from the domestic wing of the MMIA.

NCAA Suspends Operations Of Associated Airline

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended the operations of Associated Airlines, following the crash of its aircraft in Lagos on Thursday, which killed 13 people.

The Director General of the NCAA, Mr Fola Akinkuotu, announced this during a visit to the survivors of the air mishap at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

This is coming barely a day after the aviation regulatory body said The Embraer 120 plane which crashed in Lagos was certified fit to fly, and had a current certificate of air worthiness valid till October the 22nd, 2013.

The Director, Consumer Protection, NCAA, Mr. Adamu Abdullahi, yesterday said from its records, the airline was certified fit to fly by its flight maintenance engineer, who was also aboard the flight, when it took off.

He did point out also that the airline possesses an air operators’ certificate, an air worthiness certificate, valid till October 22nd this year, and an insurance policy valid until June next year.

In the briefing, Mr. Abdullahi said the airline last operated the aircraft on August 22nd this year, with no hitches, and refused questions from reporters, because he said the NCAA is also under investigation.

An Associated Airlines plane conveying the remains of the former governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Agagu to Akure for his official lying-in-state crashed at about 9:30 am on Thursday, with 20 passengers on board the chartered flight a few minutes after take-off, at the Lagos Airport cargo shed.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) began rescue efforts shortly after the crash with the Nigerian Police, the Nigerian fire service, and the Nigerian Air Force alongside the army, the Lagos state emergency agency, and all made efforts to rescue the survivors and retrieve corpses of the dead.

The flight recorder of the plane was recovered and handed over to the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).