- The Accident Investigation Bureau said it has concluded field investigation into the helicopter crash involving Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
- The bureau also said the preliminary report of its investigation would be ready soon
- The agency had sent its investigators to the crash site who conducted field investigation into the incident
The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) said it has concluded field investigation into the helicopter crash involving Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday, February 1.
The bureau said that the preliminary report, which would be ready soon, would unravel the cause of the incident, THISDAY reports.
General manager, public affairs of the bureau, Mr. Tunji Oketunbi, said the agency sent its investigators to the crash site on Sunday, February 2 who conducted field investigation into the incident.
He, however, said that AIB could not ascertain the cause of the incident yet and urged the public and industry professionals to refrain from making comments on the crash until the outcome of the preliminary report.
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His words: “Our investigators have done site investigation on the crash. The investigators were on ground at the crash site on Sunday. But, as it is, we don’t know the cause of the incident yet; we have to wait for the preliminary report.
“It is unprofessional to pre-empt the cause of the incident without waiting for the outcome of our investigation.”
AIB in earlier statement by its commissioner and CEO, Akin Olateru, vowed that it would carry out detailed, thorough and timely investigation into the crash.
According to the statement, 12 persons, including Osinbajo, government officials and crew were on-board the helicopter when the crash occurred.
He however, noted that the investigation was not to apportion blame, rather to find out why the incident occurred and also make safety recommendations with a view to prevent recurrence.
The statement had read in part: “Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), the agency of government created under the Civil Aviation Act 2006 with a clear mandate to investigate air accidents and serious incidents has commenced investigation into this accident. I am assuring the entire public that this investigation will be detailed, thorough and timely.
“This is not to apportion blame; it is about fact-finding and making safety recommendations with a view to preventing future occurrences.
“As the investigating agency, AIB needs and hereby solicits for your help. We want the public to know that we would be amenable to receiving any video clip(s), relevant evidence, or information any member of the public may have of the accident; that can assist us with this investigation.”
Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa on Sunday, February 2, rejoiced with Osinbajo and his crew members for surviving the helicopter crash.
Okowa in a statement by his chief press secretary, Mr. Charles Aniagwu in Asaba, thanked God for the miraculous escape of the vice president and all crew members, noting that God is too faithful to allow such a calamity to befall Nigerians at this critical time of our nationhood.
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