- The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has released its findings into the helicopter crash which involved Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo
- The AIB pointed out that loss of visibility played a role in the helicopter crash
- The bureau said another factor that contributed to the crash was inappropriate landing technique used
The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has disclosed the reasons why a helicopter which had Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and 11 others on board crashed in the Kabba area of Kogi state on February 2, 2019.
The bureau in a report on Tuesday, July 28, stated that loss of visibility and hard landing subsequently made the helicopter roll onto its right side on the day the incident occurred, The Nation reported.
Explaining how the crash occurred, the agency said the crew of the flight, which took off from the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport for Kabba, sighted the intended landing area – a football field – and approached with the speed of 20 kt to about a 100 ft, and entered a hover to land.
It said at about 50 feet above ground level, a brownout set in (visibility restriction due to dust or sand) and the flight crew lost visual contact with the ground and external surroundings making the helicopter experience a hard landing and subsequently rolling onto its right side.
According to the AIB, other factors that contributed to the crash include inappropriate landing technique used, non-adherence to company procedures for known or anticipated brownout conditions during landing, lack of risk assessment, limited landing site preparation and planning prior to the commencement of the flight.
In order to prevent the incident from reoccurring, the AIB advised the national security adviser to consider whether the presidential air fleet unit should be involved in the coordination and preparation of all high profile executive a very important person (VIP) mission (flights) in order to ensure that all executive VIP flights are conducted in accordance with approved operating procedures.
In another report, the federal government has given an update concerning the resumption of international flights in the country.
The chairman of the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force (PTF), Boss Mustapha, made the clarifications on Monday, July 27, at the 53rd joint national briefing of the taskforce in Abuja.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) said the government was working to fast-track the reopening of the international airspace with the aviation sector, Daily Trust reported.