BREAKING: AIB Releases Preliminary Report On Lagos Helicopter Crashed
21 September 2020 National News
The Bell 206-B3 helicopter with registration marks 5N-BW, which crashed into residential buildings in the Opebi in Lagos on August 28, may have come down owing to inadequate fuel in its tank. Preliminary report released on Monday by Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) suggest.
According to the AIB report the helicopter had no fuel left in the fuel tanks after the crash.
Though the report indicated that the chopper was fitted with a long range extender fuel system, it, however, did not have capacity for fuel jettison.
According to the AIB, the chopper which took off from Port Harcourt at 9.20 am estimated to land in Lagos after two hours forty minutes crashed into residential building at 12.14 pm.
The report indicated that though the chopper was topped to full tank capacity on August 27, 2020 it failed to make it to the Lagos Airport a minute before the estimated time.
The report also indicated that the pilot’s last medical examination was valid till August 6, 2020. It indicated that there was no evidence to show that an application for the exemption provided by the All Operators’ Letter (AOL) DG02020 had been submitted to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
“The helicopter was not equipped with a flight data recorder or a cockpit voice recorder. Neither was required by the relevant aviation regulations but equipped with a Garmic GNC Global Positioning System,” the report read.