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BREAKING: Days after Lagos Helicopter crash, AIB releases preliminary report

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BREAKING: Days after Lagos Helicopter crash, AIB releases preliminary report

At least 3 confirmed dead in Lagos helicopter crash (photos)

Days after a Bell 206B Helicopter operated by Quorum Aviation Limited crashed into residential buildings in Opebi area of Lagos, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Monday released the preliminary report of the accident.

AIB report revealed that the helicopter had no fuel left in the fuel tanks after the crash.

According to the report, the chopper was fitted with a long range extender fuel system, it, however, did not have capacity for fuel jettison.

Experts say the chopper could have crashed account of inadequate fuel that could not get it two minutes to the Lagos Airport.

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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 report also indicated that 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.

The report reads:” The helicopter crashed into the roof of a building and a wall fence impacting two vehicles parked in the compound. The mast and main rotor blades were found intact during the post-crash inspection. Post occurrence examination revealed that the fuel tanks were empty.”

It further reads: “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.”

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