Police Helicopter Crashes In Bauchi – AIB

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Bauchi state is bordered by seven states, Kano and Jigawa to the north, Taraba and Plateau to the south, Gombe and Yobe to the east, and Kaduna to the west.

 

A police helicopter that took off from Abuja has crashed at the Bauchi Airport, the Accident Investigation Bureau said on Thursday.

However, no loss of life was recorded, the AIB noted.

“On 26th January 2022, Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria was notified by Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) about an accident involving a Bell 429 helicopter with Registration Marks 5N-MDA owned and operated by Nigerian Police Force (NPF),” the statement said.

“The accident occurred on 26th January 2022 around 7:30 pm (Local Time) at Bauchi Airport.

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“The NPF helicopter had departed Abuja at 16:54 UTC for Bauchi with Six persons on board maintaining 5,500ft

“There were some injuries but no fatality.

“The investigating agency, AIB-N needs and hereby solicits for your assistance. We want the public to know that we would be amenable to receiving any video clips, evidences, or information any member of the public may have of the accident that can assist us with this investigation.

“The Bureau will appreciate that the general public and press respect the privacy of the people involved and NOT assume the cause of the accident until a formal report is released.”

Two Years After, Osinbajo Thankful For Surviving Helicopter Crash

 

Two years after Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo and 11 others survived a helicopter crash in Kabba, Kogi State, the Vice President has yet again, said he is grateful to God for sparing their lives.

The Vice President expressed his gratitude on Tuesday while addressing State House correspondents after representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the virtual extraordinary session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government.

“This would have been the second anniversary of my passing on,” he told journalists on Tuesday, adding, “but as God ordained it, it is actually the second anniversary of thanksgiving”.

On February 2, 2019, a helicopter conveying the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, crash-landed in Kabba, but himself and his aides narrowly escaped death as they came out of the helicopter unhurt.

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The helicopter conveying Vice President Yemi Osinbajo crash-landed in Kogi State on February 2, 2019.

 

According to an eyewitness, the helicopter had managed to land at about 2:22 pm at the Kabba Township Stadium before its propeller suddenly pulled off to the surprise of supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who had gathered to welcome the Vice President.

He was billed to launch the TraderMoni in Kabba and expected to visit Okene in the central axis of the state during the visit.

AIB Releases Initial Report On Why Lagos Helicopter Crashed

Lagos-Helicopter-Crashes
Scene of the accident on August 28  in Lagos State. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Bell 206-B3 helicopter with registration marks 5N-BW, which crashed in the Ikeja area of Lagos state on August 28, may have come down owing to inadequate fuel in its tank.

According to a 15-page report released by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) on Monday, initial findings include that the helicopter had a valid certificate of airworthiness and was topped to full-tank capacity on August 27 after which a 20-minute test-flight was conducted.

AIB’s report also noted that the helicopter had no fuel jettisoning capacity although eyewitnesses had told Channels Television that the pilot released fuel from above, before the crash.

The report added that the ill-fated aircraft had an endurance of three hours and 15 minutes and a flight time of two hours and 45 minutes.

The aircraft, on August 28, flew for almost three hours and crashed with no fuel left in its tanks.

The investigation is still ongoing, the accident agency said.

Deadly Crash

The helicopter crash, which occurred in a residential area, had stunned Lagosians.

All three persons onboard – one pilot, an engineer and
a fitter mechanic – died.

However, no casualty was recorded from those on the ground.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, visited the site of the crash barely 24 hours after the incident and promised to help repair the damaged properties.

The helicopter, belonging to Quorum Aviation, had been traveling into Lagos from Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.

 

 

Sanwo-Olu Visits Scene Of Lagos Helicopter Crash, Promises To Bring Respite To Those Affected

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Saturday, visited the scene of the helicopter crash 24 hours after the incident.

The governor, who met with the residence of both buildings where the crash occurred, rejoiced with them for not recording any casualty.

Mr Sanwo-Olu stated that he was out of town when the incident occurred, and made it a point of duty to come and visit the residents before the passing of another day.

Speaking to journalists after the visit, the governor said he has done an on-the-spot assessment of the place and he will ensure that the victims affected get respite.

“I’m here to do a real on-the-spot assessment and I’ve seen things for myself, and after the condolences, it’s also to now thank God that as painful as the incidence might be, it also has not come with a lot of ground collateral damages.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, speaks with affected victims during a visit to the scene of the Helicopter crash in Opebi area of the state.

 

“These are two buildings that are residential with citizens living there and as God will have it, as at the exact time when this thing happened, a lot of people were not in the premises and the elderly people were in the rooms and nothing in terms of fatality happened to people on the ground.

“We have seen the level of destruction and damages and immediately, they have taken the samples and tests are being conducted to ascertain the integrity of the buildings around and once that is done, we will start working with Federal Government agencies and start the reconstruction and renovation of places affected; the rooms, walls, fence and ensure that we bring respite quickly to these senior citizens affected and whatever other support we can give them to reduce the hardship they might have gone through,” the governor stated.

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A Bell 206 helicopter, belonging to Quorum Aviation, was traveling in from Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital with two crew members and a passenger before it crashed into a residential building in the Opebi area of Lagos at mid-day on Friday.

Shortly after the crash, the Lagos State Emergency Agency confirmed that two persons died in the accident, with the third person taken to the Lagos State Teaching Hospital for treatment, but it was confirmed by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) later on Friday that the third person died in the hospital.

The AIB said it has commenced an investigation into what led to the crash, with a view to carrying out a fast and robust one with the help of the general public who have clips or saw the helicopter before it crashed.

Lagos Helicopter Crash: Authorities Confirm Death Of Third Victim

 

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) on Friday confirmed the death of a third person from the helicopter crash in Lagos.

The Lagos State Emergency Agency had earlier confirmed that two persons died in the accident.

The third victim had been rushed to the Lagos State Teaching Hospital for treatment, LASEMA chief, Dr Femi Osanyintolu said.

However, the victim failed to recover from injuries sustained and died later on Friday, spokesperson for the AIB, Mr Tunji Oketunmbi, confirmed to Channels Television.

All three victims were on board the helicopter before it crashed.

No one on the ground was hurt, LASEMA officials said.

The helicopter, a Bell 206, with registration number 5N BQW belonged to Quorum Aviation.

It was travelling in from Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital with two crew members and a passenger before it crashed into a residential building in the Opebi area of Lagos on Friday.

Earlier, the AIB said it had recovered the helicopter’s black box, commencing investigations into the cause of the crash.

‘Big Sound, Thick Smoke’

An eyewitness identified as Adepeju Johnson narrated that she was in her residence when she heard the noise from the helicopter blades but was not sure what it was.

At first, Adepeju thought it was about to rain but moments later, she saw some thick black smoke and heard a loud noise between her building and that of her daughter-in-law.

“This one landed where it was least expected,” she said.  “Unfortunately, the helicopter was between my house and my daughter-in-law’s house.

“There was a big sound I’ve never heard in my life, there was thick smoke, but there was no fire. All I have to do is to thank God because it did not land on the roof.”

Victims Of Helicopter Crash Were Crew Members, Says Quorum Aviation

Scene of the crash in Lagos on Friday, August 28th, 2020.

 

 

Quorum Aviation Limited, the owner of the helicopter that crashed in Lagos State, says two crew members died in the incident. 

In a statement issued by the company on Friday, Quorum Aviation said the surviving passenger is being treated at a hospital.

“Preliminary reports indicate that of the three souls on board – all crew, two of the crew members lost their lives whilst the third one is currently receiving treatment at a hospital,” the statement explained.

“We have been made to understand that nobody in the building, nor in the vicinity was injured for which we are grateful.”

Crowd and rescue officials gather at the scene of the helicopter crash in Lagos on Friday

 

It explained that as soon as Quorum Aviation was informed about the incident, “we promptly informed the aviation authorities, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).”

The AIB has taken over the investigation and, the company, is, therefore, calling on the public to await its outcome.

“We hereby express our heartfelt condolences to the families of the crew who lost their loved ones in this tragic accident,” the firm added.

The helicopter crashed into a private building in the Opebi area of Lagos and sources say the aircraft, a Bell 206, with registration number 5N BQW, came in from Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital with two crew members and a passenger.

LASEMA Gives Update

“We were able to rescue one person alive and he has been transferred to the Lagos state teaching hospital where he is receiving adequate treatment, but it is pertinent to note that we recovered two bodies and they have been deposited at the mortuary,” the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Femi Osanyintolu said while giving an update about the incident.

“Based on the investigation carried out, it was due to the impact that led to their mortalities.”

Helicopter Crash Kills Two, Injures One In Lagos

 

A helicopter crash has killed two people and critically injured one person in the Opebi area of Lagos State on Friday, according to a state official.

Sources say that the helicopter, a Bell 206, with registration number 5N BQW which belongs to Quorum Aviation, came in from Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital with two crew members and a passenger.

According to the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Gboyega Akosile, the injured victim has been taken to the hospital, while the dead bodies have been deposited at the mortuary.

Flash: There’s been a helicopter crash in a private house at Opebi area of Lagos. Two people confirmed dead, 1 person badly wounded and has been taken to the hospital. The dead bodies have been deposited at the mortuary.

DG of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Osanyintolu, speaks to Channels TV on the helicopter crash in Lagos that killed two people and injured one person on Friday.

 

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Meanwhile, Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Osanyintolu, confirmed that the accident happened at mid-day when a distress call was made.

The LASEMA boss noted that with the quick response by the emergency team, one person was rescued.

“At about 12noon, we received a distress call in our command and control centre that there was a helicopter mishap and immediately we activated the Lagos state emergency response team.

“We were able to rescue one person alive and he has been transferred to the Lagos state teaching hospital where he is receiving adequate treatment, but it is pertinent to note that we recovered two bodies and they have been deposited at the mortuary.

“Based on the investigation carried out, it was due to the impact that led to their mortalities,” Dr Osanyintolu stressed that people on the ground were not affected by the crash.”

Similarly, spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye said “about a few hours ago, we got information that there was a crash, so we contacted the control tower and they confirmed that they lost control. We called on NEMA headquarters to look at the distress alert which confirmed the crash and gave us the coordinates.

A Big, Loud Sound

An eyewitness, Adepeju Johnson, was in her residence when she heard the noise from the helicopter blades, wondering what it was, she first thought it was about to rain, only to see thick black smoke and loud noise between her building and that of her daughter-in-law.

“This one landed where it was least expected. Unfortunately, the helicopter was between my house and my daughter-in-law’s house.

“There was a big sound I’ve never heard in my life, there was thick smoke, but there was no fire. All I have to do is to thank God because it did not land on the roof,” she stressed.

Meanwhile, the Accident Investigation Bureau has recovered the black box from the crashed helicopter while emergency response agencies began clearance of the wreckage from the scene.

Osinbajo’s Helicopter Accident Caused By Human Error, AIB Reveals

A file photo of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

 

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has released the final report of the February 2, 2019 helicopter accident involving the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo in Kogi and three other accidents.

In its preliminary report, the AIB had said the crew lost visual contact with the ground at about 50 feet owing to dust generated when landing on a sandy area.

But in the new report made available on Tuesday, the AIB said the incident was as result of human error.

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The Agusta Westland helicopter conveying the Vice President and 11 others crashed in the Kabba area of Kogi State during the 2019 presidential election campaign.

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A helicopter conveying Vice President Yemi Osinbajo crash-landed in Kogi State on February 2, 2019.

 

The chopper managed by Caverton Helicopter had managed to land at the township stadium before its propeller suddenly pulled off to the surprise of supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who had gathered to welcome the Vice President.

Read the full report on the Vice President’s helicopter crash and three other incidents released by the Bureau below:

THE SPEECH OF THE COMMISSIONER/CEO OF ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION BUREAU (AIB), AKIN OLATERU AT THE MEDIA BRIEFING ON THE RELEASE OF FOUR OCCURRENCE REPORTS HELD ON 28 JULY, 2020 AT CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS, NNAMDI AZIKIWE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ABUJA

Gentlemen of the press,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to this very important occasion where we will be releasing four final accident and serious incident reports to the general public.

For us at AIB Nigeria, safety is very crucial and our investigations are geared towards ensuring a safer airspace in Nigeria and in the region.

These reports are the strong foundation on which safety of the aviation industry is built and timely release of these reports is as critical as Accident Investigation itself. The purpose of accident investigation, however, is not to apportion blame or liability but to prevent future recurrence of similar incidents.

Since the inception of this administration at AIB, we have been able to keep to our promise of ensuring timely release of accident and serious incident reports. We have before now released 27 final accident reports to the public and today, we will be releasing an additional four reports, which will bring the total final report released by this administration from 2017 till date to 31.

These Four Final Reports include a total of 9 Safety Recommendations, making a total of 51 Final Reports and 187 Safety Recommendations since the inception of AIB.

Safety Recommendations in accident reports have impacted air safety positively not only in Nigeria, but globally. They are very important towards preventing recurrence of such accidents or serious incidents when safety recommendations are adhered to.

Below is a breakdown of the reports and safety recommendations we have turned out so far.

 

 FINAL REPORTS RELEASED
 2007 – 20162017 – Date Total
Occurrences193150
Incident (Safety Bulletin)11
Total193251
Percentage of Final Reports37.3%62.7% 
  
 SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS ISSUED
Occurrences81102159
Incident (Safety Bulletin)44
Total81106187
Percentage of Safety Recommendations Issued43.3%56.7% 

 

A total of 32 Final Reports have been released since January 2017, which makes up 62.7% of AIB’s total of 51 Final Reports released since inception (2007).

The 106 safety recommendations issued since 2017 account for 56.7% of the total 187 issued since inception.

Before the end of the year, we should be able to release an additional six Final Reports to the public.

I would like to appreciate the relentless efforts of AIB staff in achieving this milestone by turning out these reports in a timely manner. In order to ensure timely release of reports, we have simplified our investigation process by encouraging teamwork. Investigations are now done in groups and they all work together to ensure investigations are done efficiently and timely. Like I always say a simple, not complex investigation, should not last more than 18 months.

One of the reports that is being released today is the accident of an Agusta Westland (AW139) helicopter with nationality and registration marks 5N-CML owned and operated by Caverton Helicopters Limited which occurred on the 2nd of February 2019, in Kabba, Kogi State, Nigeria. The helicopter had 12 persons on-board, including the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, his entourage and three crew members which included the Captain, Co-Pilot and an Engineer.

Also, I would like to appreciate the continuous support of the supervisory ministry, particularly the Honourable Minister of Aviation.

In all, we have established a system in AIB that is working.

We are committed to swift response to accident and serious incident occurrences through our well-equipped Command and Control Centre. Accident reporting has also been simplified through our Mobile Application which was introduced to interface with the public and make it easy for them to communicate with AIB digitally.

Please feel free to visit our website www.aib.gov.ng  for the full details of these reports and all other reports that we have issued in the past. You can also download our Mobile App, AIB Nigeria, on Google Play Store and IOS.

The four reports we are releasing today are as follows:

  1. Report on the Serious Incident involving Bombardier DHC-8-Q400 aircraft owned and operated by Aero Contractors Company of Nigeria Ltd. with nationality and registration marks 5N-BPU, which occurred at FL240, 80 NM to Lagos on 18th April 2017.
  2. Report on the Serious Incident involving a Diamond DA-42 aircraft with Nationality and Registration Marks 5N-BNH owned and operated by the International Aviation College, which occurred on Runway 23 Ilorin International Airport on 1st of May, 2019
  3. Report on the Serious Incident involving a Diamond DA-40 aircraft with Nationality and Registration Marks 5N-BRM owned and operated by International Aviation College, which occurred on Runway 23, Ilorin International Airport On 27th of March, 2014
  4. Report on the Accident involving an Agusta-Westland AW139 Helicopter operated by Caverton Helicopters Limited with Nationality and Registration Marks 5N-CML, which occurred at Kabba Stadium, Kogi State on 2nd February, 2019.

 

1. Report on the Serious Incident involving Bombardier DHC-8-Q400 aircraft owned and operated by Aero Contractors Company of Nigeria Ltd. with nationality and registration marks 5N-BPU, which occurred at FL240, 80 NM to Lagos On 18th April 2017

SYNOPSIS

Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) was not officially notified of the serious incident but got to know about it through social media on 19th April, 2017.

On the 18th of April, 2017 at about 17:50 h, a Bombardier DHC-8-Q400 aircraft with registration marks 5N-BPU, operated by Aero Contractors Company of Nigeria Ltd as a scheduled flight NIG316, while cruising at FL240, 80 NM inbound Lagos from Port Harcourt, experienced bluish smoke which gradually increased in density within the cabin.

The smoke progressed into the cockpit. The lavatory smoke detector aural warning activated, and the AFT BAGGAGE light illuminated on the Fire Panel but there was no burning smell perceived. At 17:55 h the crew donned Oxygen masks and requested clearance to descend. NIG316 was cleared for immediate descent to 2,200 ft AMSL and requested to contact Lagos Approach. The aircraft contacted Lagos Approach requesting fire assistance on the ground.

The crew followed the FUSELAGE FIRE, SMOKE or FUMES in the QRH and executed “SMOKE” (Warning Light) checklist procedure, the aircraft landed safely on runway 18L at about 18:03 h and taxied to Aero Contractors maintenance facility at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT).

The passengers disembarked normally without injuries.

The investigation identified the following causal and contributory factors:

CAUSAL FACTOR

Engine oil leaked onto a hot surface of the engine causing fumes which mixed with the engine bleed air supply to the air conditioning system, resulting in smoke in the aircraft cabin, cockpit and lavatory/ cargo compartments.

Two Safety Recommendations were made.

SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS

Safety Recommendation 2019-024

Aero Contractors Company of Nigeria Limited should ensure that Cockpit and Cabin Crew are alive to their responsibilities during emergencies vis-à-vis establishing effective two-way communication.

Safety Recommendation 2019-025

Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority should ensure that operators utilize the New Oil Analysis Technology made available by Pratt & Whitney Canada in order to identify impending failure of the carbon seals on PW150A engines that are yet to comply with SB 35342R1.

2. Report on the Serious Incident involving a Diamond DA-42 aircraft with Nationality and Registration Marks 5N-BNH owned and operated by the International Aviation College which occurred on Runway 23 Ilorin International Airport on 1st of May, 2019

 

SYNOPSIS

The accident involved a Diamond DA-42 aircraft with Nationality and Registration Marks 5N-BNH, which occurred on Runway 23, Ilorin International Airport, Ilorin on 1st May 2019.

The flight was a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) mock test with two persons onboard, a Flight Instructor (FI) and a Student Pilot (SP) with the flight instructor flying while the student pilot was monitoring.

At about 09:13 h, 5N-BNH took off from runway 23, Ilorin International Airport to Sector One Charlie (1C) and reported established at 09:28 h.

Several manoeuvres were carried out including steep turn, stall in all configurations, emergency descent, one engine inoperative procedure etc.

After two hours of flying at the training area, 5N-BNH was cleared back to the field for RNAV, VOR hold and ILS Approach and missed approach exercises.

At 11:12 h, the aircraft 5N-BNH reported right downwind Runway 23, requesting full stop landing and was granted. The flight instructor did his pre-landing checks.

At 11:15 h, the aircraft touched down with gears up on the runway centreline at a distance of 1,387 m from the threshold, veered right of the runway centerline and stopped 205m from the touchdown point, 9m to the right of the runway centreline.

The incident occurred in daylight.

The investigation identified the following causal and contributory factors:

CAUSAL FACTOR

The crew carried out the approach and landed with landing gears not extended.

CONTRIBUTORY FACTORS 

  1. Inadequate crew coordination during the approach to landing phase of flight.
  2. Lack of situational awareness on the position of the landing gears by the flight crew during approach to land.
  3. The inappropriate execution of approach and landing check list.

Three Safety Recommendations were made.

SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS

Safety Recommendations 2019-026

NCAA should intensify its oversight on International Aviation College (IAC) and ensure that it adheres strictly to the use of Checklists and appropriate procedures during all training sessions and phases of flight.

Safety Recommendations 2019-027

International Aviation College (IAC) should improve on its Crew Resource Management training vis-à-vis the need for trainees to be assertive when necessary.

Safety Recommendations 2019-028

NAMA should devise means to ensure duty air traffic controllers, DATCOs, maintain continuous watch on all aircraft movements within the vicinity of the aerodrome.

3. Report on the Serious Incident involving a Diamond DA-40 aircraft with Nationality and Registration Marks 5N-BRM owned and operated by International Aviation College which occurred on Runway 23, Ilorin International Airport On 27th of March, 2014

SYNOPSIS

On 27th March 2014, at about 10:26 h, a Diamond DA-40D aircraft, 5N-BRM was on a training flight with a Student Pilot and an Instructor. After two successful landings under supervision of the Instructor, the Student Pilot was released for his first solo flight. The Instructor disembarked and the Student Pilot proceeded to fly solo. The Student Pilot took off flying the runway 23 circuit and executed a Touch and Go landing, requesting a full stop on the second landing, which ATC granted. On the second landing at touchdown, the aircraft lost directional control and veered off left of Runway 23 centreline into the grassy area.

The Air Traffic Controller sounded the crash alarm and the Aerodrome Rescue and Fire-fighting Services (ARFFS) arrived the site of the accident thereafter. The Student Pilot disembarked the aircraft without injury.

The investigation identified the following causal and contributory factors:

CAUSAL FACTOR

Loss of directional control after touchdown and subsequent veer of the aircraft off the runway.

CONTRIBUTORY FACTOR

Wrong engine power application during landing roll.

Two Safety Recommendations were made.

SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS

The following Safety recommendations were made:

Safety Recommendations 2019-029

International Aviation College (IAC) should have in place a stringent flight training policy to discourage disruptions of students’ training during the stipulated period.

 Safety Recommendations 2019-030

International Aviation College (IAC) should develop and incorporate in their training manual, procedures to ensure that corrective actions are developed and implemented to prevent observed deficiencies such as “exceeding required minimum hours for solo flight”, duly signed out by Instructors and records kept in the student’s file prior to conducting a solo flight.

4. Final Report on the accident involving AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter operated by Caverton Helicopters Limited with nationality and registration marks 5N-CML, which occurred at Kabba, Kogi State on 2nd February, 2019.

 

SYNOPSIS 

On 2nd February, 2019 at about 07:26 h, an Agusta Westland (AW139) helicopter with nationality and registration marks 5N-CML operated by Caverton Helicopters Limited departed Lagos for Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, to conduct a VIP charter flight from Abuja to Okene via Kabba and return to Abuja. The positioning flight to Abuja was normal. The helicopter was refuelled and the flight crew prepared for the VIP charter flight to Kabba.

At about 13:46 h, the helicopter departed Abuja runway 22 for Kabba. On board were 12 persons including the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, his entourage and three crew members (Pilot, Co-pilot and an Engineer). The flight crew stated that they sighted the intended landing area as a result of the cloud of residual dust generated by the downwash of a Police helicopter.

After sighting the football field, the flight crew approached with the speed of 20 kt to about a 100 ft, and entered a hover to land. At about 50 ft above ground level, a brownout set in.  The flight crew lost visual contact with the ground and external surroundings. The Co-pilot began radio altitude callouts “35, 30, 25, 20 and 15”. At about 14:34 h, the helicopter experienced a hard landing on the right main landing gear and rolled over onto its right side. All persons on board were evacuated uninjured.

CAUSAL FACTOR

The flight crew encountered a brownout condition during the hover to land, which led to the loss of external visual references, spatial disorientation and loss of situational awareness resulting in a misjudgement of distance and ground clearance, as the flight crew tried to control the helicopter’s movements for landing. The helicopter landed hard and rolled over on its right side.

CONTRIBUTORY FACTOR

Inappropriate landing technique used, non-adherence to company procedures for known or anticipated brownout condition during landing and lack of risk assessment, limited landing site preparation and planning prior to commencement of the flight.

Eleven days after the accident, the AIB issued two Interim Safety Recommendations, one to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and one to Caverton Helicopters. The required safety actions were initiated and implemented promptly.

Two Safety Recommendations were issued in the Final Report. 

SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS

Safety Recommendation 2020-001

NCAA should 

Conduct a Safety Management System (SMS) audit of Caverton Helicopters. The SMS audit by the NCAA should ensure that Caverton Helicopters has implemented the Immediate Safety Recommendation 2019-003, the NCAA All Operators Letter (FSG 002), and the recommendations documented in the Caverton Helicopters internal SMS investigation of this accident. The NCAA audit should also ascertain that the Caverton Helicopters internal SMS processes in the maintenance activities require the establishment of the reasons/causes of equipment failure/malfunction (reference is made to the failures of the Multi-Purpose Flight Recorder (MPFR) and the unavailability of the reasons of the failures).

Safety Recommendation 2020-002

The Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) should

Consider whether the Presidential Air Fleet (PAF) Unit should be involved in the coordination and preparation of all high profile Executive VIP mission (flights) in order to ensure that all Executive VIP flights are conducted in accordance with the PAF Unit’s Standards and in line with its approved operating procedures.

11 Missing, Six Injured In Colombian Military Helicopter Crash

Although FARC laid down its arms in a historic deal in 2016, a multi-faceted conflict continues to rage in Colombia. Photo: Google Earth.

 

 

Eleven Colombian military personnel were missing and six injured after a helicopter crashed in the southeast of the country during an operation against guerrillas, the army said on Tuesday.

The Blackhawk helicopter was carrying 17 military personnel when it went down. The armed forces’ high command did not reveal whether it was shot down or an accident.

Authorities found the helicopter in a stretch of the river Inirida in Guaviare state, an area where dissident former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas are active.

FARC rebels laid down their arms in a historic 2016 peace deal that ended a half-century conflict and turned the guerrillas into a communist political party.

But more than 2,000 dissidents, according to authorities, refused to join the 13,000 rebels that signed the peace deal and continue to resist the government, financing themselves through drug-trafficking and illegal mining.

The army said the helicopter was taking part in an operation against dissidents in an area where there are drug plantations.

The army’s air assault division said in a statement it was “on site beginning the corresponding investigations to determine the circumstances regarding the time, manner and place that the events occurred.”

The armed forces’ top commander, General Luis Fernando Navarro, travelled to a military base nearby to direct the “manoeuvres aimed at recovering the missing.”

Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo referred to the incident as a “plane crash” but that version has not been corroborated by the military high command.

Trujillo said on Twitter that the six injured service personnel “have already been rescued and will be transferred to Bogota for their medical attention.”

Colombian President Ivan Duque has faced criticism over murders and the use of the military to crush the 2019 Colombian protests, among other things.

 

The banks of the Inirida river are in a strategic zone for the drug-trafficking trade where one of the most powerful criminal groups to emerge from FARC dissidents, led by Gentil Duarte, operates.

Duarte originally took part in peace talks but finally opted to continue the guerrilla struggle and is trying to unite other groups that broke away from the FARC peace movement.

Peace has not been easy with the former rebels complaining that 219 ex-fighters have been murdered since the peace deal was signed.

Despite FARC laying down its arms, a multi-faceted conflict continues to rage.

Alongside FARC dissidents, another left-wing guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), right-wing paramilitaries, and drug-traffickers continue to battle each other and the Colombian army.

The more than half-century conflict left nine million people dead, missing or displaced.

AFP

Helicopter Crash Greatly Strengthened My Faith, Says Osinbajo

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has said that the helicopter crash which he was involved in last year has greatly strengthened his faith.

Professor Osinbajo stated this during the thanksgiving service at the villa chapel in Abuja, celebrating his survival and 11 others from tragedy a year ago.

The Agusta Westland W 139 helicopter conveying 12 of them crashed in the Kabba area of Kogi State during the 2019 presidential election campaign.

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Professor Osinbajo was accompanied by his wife, Dolapo, family members and his aides, including some of those who were with him when the accident occurred.

He explained that the incident was so miraculous and despite the crash, none of the occupants had a scratch.

“What happened on that occasion was so amazing, so miraculous; 12 of us in the helicopter, the helicopter crashed and not one scratch on one of us, that’s just incredible.

“So we can only continue to thank God and to praise the Lord Jesus Christ for the awesome deliverance of so many of us.”

He asked “can you imagine a situation where you survive a helicopter crash? Adding that he thinks it “just demonstrates that God is merciful, God is awesome, he is able to do all things and he is able to do everything.

“I think it just greatly strengthened my faith and the faith of all of us who were there,” he stated.

The chopper managed by Caverton helicopter had managed to land at the township stadium before its propeller suddenly pulled off to the surprise of supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who had gathered to welcome the Vice President.

According to the Caverton Helicopters, the crash was caused by unusual weather conditions.

Also, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) in its preliminary report after carrying out an investigation into the crash, said the crew lost visual contact with the ground at about 50 feet owing to a brownout – (dust generated when landing on a sandy area) – that enveloped the helicopter.

It added that the helicopter experienced a hard landing and consequently rolled over.

James Vows To Carry On Bryant’s Legacy

 

LeBron James vowed Friday that he and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates would continue the legacy of club icon Kobe Bryant, who died Sunday in a helicopter crash.

James, his voice fraught with emotion, addressed the Staples Center crowd before the Lakers returned to NBA action for the first time since Bryant’s death.

Flinging away his prepared notes, James said to cheers he would speak from the heart, calling on all present to celebrate Bryant’s life and a career that included five NBA titles in 20 years with the Lakers.

“I know at some point we will have a memorial for Kobe,” he said. “But I look at this as a celebration tonight.

“This is a celebration of the 20 years of the blood, the sweat, the tears, the broken-down body, the getting up, sitting down to everything, the countless hours, the determination to be as great as he could be.

“Tonight we celebrate the kid who came here at 18 years of age, retired at 38 and became the best dad we’ve seen over the last three years.

“The fact that I’m here now means so much to me,” James said. “I’m going to continue with my teammates to continue his legacy not only for this year but as long as we can continue to play the game of basketball that we love, because that’s what Kobe Bryant would want.”

After the game, James said he decided to deviate from his notes “pretty much when I went up there.

“I wanted to make sure I acknowledged all the lives that were lost Sunday morning and I didn’t want to mess that up so I looked at the names on a paper,” James said.

He movingly pronounced the names of all nine people who died in the crash, a somber list that included Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

“But when I kind of looked at the notecards I had or that was kind of being insisted on — and some of it was what I wanted to talk about — I decided for me personally just letting the words flow right from the heart and whatever comes out they’re pure – there’s truth to it.”

One truth he’d come to realize, James said, was that the ruthlessly competitive Bryant had blossomed since retiring in 2016 as he focused on creative pursuits and life with his wife, Vanessa, and their four daughters.

“Seeing Kobe play the game of basketball 20 years for the Lakers since he was 18 to 38, and I was like you know it’s crazy, these last three years, out of all the success he had, five rings, multiple MVPs, All-Star Game MVP, first-league everything, all-life, all-world all-basketball — it felt like these last three years was the happiest I’ve ever seen him,” James said.

Rescuers Retrieve Two Bodies From South Korea Chopper Crash

A handout photo taken on November 1, 2019 and provided by South Korea’s National Fire Agency shows rescue members searching for survivors after a helicopter crashed into the sea near the Dokdo islets, known as Takeshima in Japan. handout / South Korea’s National Fire Agency / AFP

 

 

South Korean rescuers retrieved two bodies believed to be among the seven that went missing after their chopper crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from islets disputed with Japan, officials said Sunday.

The helicopter had just picked up an injured fisherman from Dokdo, which is known as Takeshima in Japan, when it went down on Thursday night.

Three bodies had been located on Saturday, including one found inside the crashed chopper sitting upside down on the seabed at a depth of 72 metres (240 feet).

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Two of those bodies, both male, have been retrieved, the Coast Guard said Sunday, adding that one was believed to be a fireman but it was still trying to identify the pair.

Dozens of divers were scouring the waters, authorities said, with Navy and Coast Guard vessels as well as helicopters and airplanes mobilised for the search.

Seoul has controlled the islets in the Sea of Japan — or East Sea — since 1945, when Tokyo’s brutal colonial rule on the peninsula ended, while Japan still claims sovereignty over them.

AFP