ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION BUREAU RELEASES PRELIMINARY REPORT ON LAGOS HELICOPTER CRASH
The Accident Investigation Bureau AIB on Monday released a preliminary report of the Bell 206B helicopter crash that occurred in a residential area in Opebi, Lagos.
Recall Eons Intelligence reported that a Bell 206B Helicopter operated by Quorum Aviation Limited crashed into a residential building in Opebi, leaving no survivors.
According to AIB, investigations revealed that the Helicopter fuel tank was empty, and the pilot’s medical examination had expired.
“The chopper was fitted with a long-range extender fuel system, it, however, did not have capacity for fuel jettison. Although 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 AIB report said.
“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.”
AIB said the helicopter left Portharcourt for Lagos at 9.20 am but crashed in Opebi at 12.14 pm.
Details also showed that the pilot’s medical exam had expired three days after the crash.
“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 pilot’s last proficiency check was valid till August 24, 2020. There was no evidence to show that an application for the exemption provided by the AIL DG018/ 20 had been submitted to the NCAA.”