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.”

Five Missing As US Navy Helicopter Crashes Off California Coast

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Search and rescue operations were underway for five crew members missing after a US Navy helicopter crashed into the sea off the coast of California, the US Pacific Fleet said on Tuesday.

One crew member had been rescued but five were missing, the navy fleet said in a statement.

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The MH-60S helicopter took off from the USS Abraham Lincoln during “routine flight operations” about 60 nautical miles off the coast of San Diego at 4:30 pm (2330 GMT), the fleet said.

“Search and rescue operations are ongoing with multiple Coast Guard and Navy air and surface assets,” it added.

AFP

Unidentified Helicopter Shoots Passenger Boat In Rivers

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Rivers is one of the largest oil-producing states in Nigeria.

 

At least one person is reportedly in a critical condition after a yet-to-be-identified helicopter shot at a passenger boat along the Port Harcourt – Bonny waterway in Rivers State on Thursday night.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that the wooden boat was ferrying traders and their goods from Port Harcourt to Bonny when it was targeted by the unidentified helicopter.

He said many were injured, but one person is reported to be in a critical situation after sustaining an injury which is believed to have affected his spinal cord.

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On the possible motive of the attack, the eyewitness who is a boat driver at the Bonny jetty in Port Harcourt, said the helicopter which he thinks was on surveillance duty, may have suspected the boat to be conveying illegally refined petroleum products, which is a common business in the area.

No security agency has claimed responsibility and the police are yet to make any comment regarding the incident.

Meanwhile, drivers along the waterway have demanded a thorough investigation into the incident.

According to them, the fear of their safety on the high seas has now been compounded with the recent incident.

Eight Feared Dead As Russia Tourist Helicopter Crashes

This handout photograph taken and released by the Kamchatka regional government, on August 12, 2021, shows Emergency Situations Ministry workers taking part in the rescue operation at the spot where a Mi-8 helicopter crash-landed into Kuril Lake in the Kronotsky nature reserve on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia outside Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Handout / Russian Kamchatka Regional Government / AFP

 

A helicopter carrying 16 tourists and crew on a sightseeing trip in Russia’s far east crashed into a lake on Thursday, leaving eight people including a child feared dead and two others in serious condition.

The Mi-8 helicopter crash-landed into the icy waters of Kuril Lake in the mountainous Kamchatka peninsula in poor visibility and sank, local authorities said.

Staff of the Kronotsky Nature Reserve dispatched boats to the crash site and saved eight people, two of whom are now in intensive care with various injuries. Survivors praised wildlife inspectors for coming to their rescue in a matter of minutes.

“This situation is close to a miracle,” said governor Vladimir Solodov.

The other eight — including the only child on board and the crew commander — were missing and feared dead.

“We don’t have any information about the rest,” the governor’s spokeswoman, Alla Golovan, told AFP.

The wreckage of the helicopter was now lying at a depth of more than 130 metres (420 feet) some 700 metres from the shore, the emergencies ministry said.

Rescuers and divers were dispatched to the scene but they did not have the necessary equipment to begin work at that depth.

Solodov said the authorities turned to the defence ministry, which sent the necessary underwater equipment.

“Robots will be studying the bottom of Kuril Lake at the site of the crash,” the governor said.

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Rescued from icy water 

Recounting the crash and subsequent rescue operation, wildlife inspectors said that the visibility at the lake was no greater than 100 metres, adding that they heard the helicopter but could not see it.

When staff of the reserve heard a loud “boom”, they said they dispatched two motorboats with four inspectors, who reached the scene in about three to four minutes.

“Eight people were on the surface, who we immediately lifted onboard,” inspector Yevgeny Denges said in a statement. The inspectors looked for other survivors but could not find anyone, Denges added.

Citing the survivors, the nature reserve said that the chopper began to sink nose first and the passengers managed to swim up to the surface from a depth of eight to nine metres.

“The water temperature in the lake is no more than 5-6 degrees (Celsius, 41-43 degrees Fahrenheit), it is impossible to remain in it for a long time,” the reserve said.

The tourists were from Russia’s second city Saint Petersburg.

One of the survivors, Viktor Strelkin, said that at the time of the accident he was sleeping and woke up when a stream of water hit him in the face.

“My friend’s son was sitting next to me. He was fastened with a security belt and I did not have time to yank him out because I woke up too late,” Strelkin said in remarks released by authorities.

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 ‘Horrible weather conditions’ 

Strelkin, who practices free-diving, managed to unfasten himself, breathe in some air before the cabin filled with water, get out of the aircraft and swim up to the surface.

Another survivor, state TV presenter Nikolai Korzhenevsky, appeared to blame the crew for the accident.

“For some reason we flew there even though we knew about the horrible weather conditions there,” he said.

Kamchatka is a vast peninsula popular with adventure tourists for its abundant wildlife, live volcanoes and black sand beaches.

The aircraft belongs to a firm called Vityaz-Aero, co-owned by local lawmaker Igor Redkin.

Earlier this week, Redkin made headlines in Russia when he admitted to killing a man he mistook for a bear.

Officials said the helicopter had been in operation since 1984 but was in good condition.

The Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, said it was looking into a potential violation of air safety rules.

The regional prosecutor’s office launched a probe to study “the implementation of the legislation on the provision of tourist services”.

In July, a small plane crashed on the peninsula, killing 19 people when it flew into a cliff.

Airplane crashes are fairly common in Russia due to poor maintenance and lax compliance with safety rules.

AFP

Nigeria To Soon Begin Assembly Of Helicopters – Tech Agency

A file photo of a Nigerian Airforce Helicopter.
PHOTO USED TO ILLUSTRATE STORY: A file photo of a Nigerian Airforce Helicopter.

 

The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) on Friday said the country is set to commence the local assembly of helicopters.

NASENI Chairman, Prof. Mohammed Haruna revealed this after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.

According to him, a lot of progress has been recorded as all components required have arrived from Belgium and training has commenced in full for pilot, engineers and technicians.

The agency also presented an irrigation mechanism that could fast track agriculture production in the country to the President.

Professor Haruna said the innovation, which is solar powered, is a mobile equipment which would guarantee three farming seasons every year.

NASENI is a federal government agency established in 1992.

The agency has a vision to “create an enabling knowledge-driven environment for local mass-production of standard parts, goods and services required for the Nation’s Technology Advancement.”

NASA Wants To Fly A Helicopter On Mars For The First Time

This NASA handout illustration obtained February 15, 2021 shows NASA’s Perseverance rover exploring inside Mars’ Jezero Crater. (Photo by Handout / NASA / AFP)

 

More than a century after the first powered flight on Earth, NASA intends to prove it’s possible to replicate the feat on another world.

Transported aboard the Mars 2020 spacecraft that arrives at the Red Planet on Thursday, the small Ingenuity helicopter will have several challenges to overcome — the biggest being the rarefied Martian atmosphere, which is just one percent the density of Earth’s.

– Ultralight –

It might be called a helicopter, but in appearance it’s closer to mini-drones we’ve grown accustomed to seeing in recent years.

Weighing just four pounds (1.8 kilograms), its blades are much larger and spin about five times faster — 2,400 revolutions per minute — than would be required to generate the same amount of lift back on Earth.

It does however get some assistance from Mars, where the gravity is only a third of that on our home planet.

Ingenuity has four feet, a box-like body, and four carbon-fiber blades arranged in two rotors spinning in opposite directions. It comes with two cameras, computers, and navigation sensors.

It’s also equipped with solar cells to recharge its batteries, much of the energy being used for staying warm on cold Martian nights, where temperatures fall to minus 130 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 90 degrees Celsius).

The helicopter is hitching a ride on the belly of the Perseverance rover, which will drop it to the ground once it has landed then drive away.

– 90 second flights –

Up to five flights of gradual difficulty are planned, over a window of one month, within the first few months of the mission.

Ingenuity will fly at altitudes of 10-15 feet (3-5 meters) and travel as far as 160 feet (50 meters) from its starting area and back.

Each flight will last up to a minute and half — compared to the 12 seconds the Wright brothers achieved with the first powered, controlled flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903.

Like the Perseverance rover, Ingenuity is too far away from Earth to be operated using a joystick, and is therefore designed to fly autonomously.

Its onboard computers will work with its sensors and cameras to keep it on a path programmed by its engineers.

But the outcome of these flights will be learned only after they took place.

– What’s the goal? –

NASA describes Ingenuity’s mission as a “technology demonstration”: a project that seeks to test a new capability together with the astrobiology mission of Perseverance.

If it’s successful, however, it “basically opens up a whole new dimension of exploring Mars,” said Bob Balaram, Ingenuity’s chief engineer.

Future models could offer better vantage points not seen by current orbiters or by slow-moving rovers on the ground, allowing the helicopters to scope out terrain for land-based robots or humans.

They could even help carry light payloads from one site to another — such as the rock and soil samples Perseverance will be collecting in the next phase of the Mars 2020 mission.

AFP

Lagos Govt Commences Reconstruction Of Helicopter Crash Site

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Scene of the accident on Friday in Lagos State. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Lagos State Government has commenced reconstruction of buildings affected by the helicopter crash in the Opebi area of the state.

This comes barely 24 hours after Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who visited the scene of the accident on Monday morning, promised to support those affected by the crash.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the reconstruction of the affected fence and buildings at 14 and 16, Salvation Road, Opebi in Ikeja commenced on Monday morning, following the governor’s pledge.

Sanwo-Olu in company with the Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins, and the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Oluwafemi Damilola Oke-Osanyitolu conducted a post-disaster assessment of the crash site.

The Governor also promised that the state government will conduct integrity tests on the affected buildings within a hundred metres radius and do necessary repairs to assist the affected families by restoring normalcy as quickly as possible.

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“The affected buildings are residential homes that have citizens living there. As at the exact time the helicopter crash happened, a lot of people were not in the premises and even the elderly people that were around and in their rooms.

“Tests will be conducted to understand the integrity of the buildings and once that is ascertained today or tomorrow, we will start work with the federal agencies.

“We will start the reconstruction and renovation of the places affected by the crash; the rooms, walls, tents and ensure that we quickly bring respite to the senior citizens that have been affected,” the governor was quoted as saying.

The governor also commended LASEMA, other emergency responders, and security agencies for their swift response to the crash.

Earlier, a Bell 206 Helicopter, belonging to Quorum Aviation, crashed in-between two residential buildings mid-day on Friday.

The aircraft was said to have travelled into the state from Rivers before the tragic incident occurred, thus claiming three lives.

Lagos Helicopter Crash: Buhari Commiserates With Families Of Victims

President Muhammadu Buhari on August 28, 2020 commiserated with the families of the victims of a helicopter that crashed in Lagos State.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the families of the victims of the helicopter that crashed in the Opebi area of Lagos State.

The President’s condolence was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina.

According to the statement, President Buhari said the nation awaits the report of the investigation into the accident by the aviation regulatory agencies.

While praying that God will console the families of the victims and grant peace to the souls of the dead, the President wished the injured a speedy recovery.

The President’s reaction comes hours after the aircraft crashed into a private residence, killing two crew members and critically injured one person.

The helicopter, a Bell 206, with registration number 5N BQW is said to belong to Quorum Aviation and came in from Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.

Black Box Recovered 

Meanwhile, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has recovered the black box of the helicopter that crashed into a residential building in Lagos State on Friday.

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) are moving the wreckage from the scene of the incident as an investigation into the crash begins.

While confirming the incident, the Director-General of LASEMA, Dr Femi Osanyintolu disclosed that two persons died from the crash with one other critically wounded.

“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,” he explained.

“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.”

Lagos Helicopter Crash: AIB Recovers Blackbox, Begins Investigation

 

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has recovered the BlackBox of the helicopter that crashed into a residential building in Lagos State on Friday. 

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) are moving the wreckage from the scene of the incident as an investigation into the crash begins.

While confirming the incident, the Director-General of LASEMA, Dr Femi Osanyintolu disclosed that two persons died from the crash with one other critically wounded.

LASEMA DG giving an update about the crash.

 

“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,” he explained.

“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.”

Rescue workers at the crash site.

 

Dr Osanyintolu stressed that people on the ground were not affected by the crash.

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

‘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.”

 

 

 

 

 

Four Soldiers Killed In Indonesia Helicopter Crash

The wreckage of an Indonesian military Mi-17 helicopter is seen at a crash site in Kendal on June 6, 2020. STR / AFP

 

Four soldiers were killed and five others were injured after a helicopter crashed during a training exercise on Indonesia’s Java island on Saturday, an army official said.

The men were in the middle of a flying lesson when the MI-17 helicopter crashed and caught fire in central Java province.

“The incident killed four crew members and injured five others,” said Nefra Firdaus, Indonesian Army spokesman, in a statement.

The injured were evacuated and taken to hospital.

Firdaus said that prior to the accident the helicopter had undergone a pre-flight check and was found to be in good condition.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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Russian Military Helicopter Crashes Outside Moscow

The downdraft from a police helicopter blows away surf from beachside rocks in Scheveningen, The Netherlands, on May 14, 2020. Sem VAN DER WAL / ANP / AFP
PHOTO USED TO ILLUSTRATE STORY: The downdraft from a police helicopter blows away surf from beachside rocks in Scheveningen, The Netherlands, on May 14, 2020. Sem VAN DER WAL / ANP / AFP

 

A Russian army Mi-8 helicopter crashed outside Moscow during a training flight on Tuesday, killing the crew, the defence ministry said.

“As a result of a crash landing the crew of the helicopter died of their wounds,” the defence ministry said.

Defence ministry spokespeople, reached by AFP, declined to specify how many crew members had died.

But Russian news agencies, citing emergencies services, said three people died.

The helicopter, which did not carry ammunition, crashed in a secluded area some 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the town of Klin outside Moscow around 8 pm, the ministry said.

It added that a ministry commission had been dispatched to the scene to look into the causes of the crash.

Citing preliminary information, the ministry said that a “technical malfunction” was believed to have caused the crash.

The Mi-8 is a Soviet-designed twin-turbine helicopter and is often used to transport civilians or troops.

In 2018, a Mi-8 helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff in Siberia, killing all 18 people on board including three crew members.

Helicopter Crash: Remains Of Kobe Bryant, Eight Others Recovered

Investigators work at the scene of a helicopter crash that killed former NBA star Kobe Bryant on January 26, 2020 in Calabasas, California. David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

 

The bodies of all nine people aboard the helicopter that crashed near Los Angeles killing NBA legend Kobe Bryant have been recovered, the coroner’s office said Tuesday.

Three bodies were retrieved from the wreckage by a special response team Sunday, and the remaining six on Monday, it said.

The remains were “removed from the crash site and transported to the department’s forensic science centre,” the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said in a statement.

Investigators are examining the bodies and working to identify the individual remains.

AFP