- The federal government is determined to ascertain the cause of the military plane crash in Kaduna
- The Accident Investigation Bureau disclosed how the data will be analysed
- The air crash has been described as a national tragedy
The Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB -N) has announced that it has recovered the black box of the crashed Nigerian Air Force plane which claimed the life of General Attahiru and 10 military officers.
According to The VON, the bureau in a statement on Saturday, May 22, disclosed that the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) from the accident Beechcraft 350 aircraft have been recovered and investigation has commenced.
The federal agency stated that the next step is for investigators to download and analyse the information contained in the recorders at the AIB-N’s world-class Flight Safety Laboratory, in Abuja.
The Punch reported that the statement from the AIB-N was signed by its general manager, public affairs, Tunji Oketunbi.
Usually, the AIB-N, according to its mandate is to probe civil aviation accidents and incidents in Nigeria and not military accidents and incidents.
However, the agency said the Nigerian Air Force has mandated it to lead the investigation into the crash of the military jet.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Defence Headquarters has opened up on the cause of the recent military plane crash.
According to Onyema Nwachukwu, defence spokesman, although the incident is still being investigated, the crash occurred after the aircraft landed at the Kaduna International Airport following bad weather conditions.
However, Nwachukwu via the DHQ's verified Twitter page disclosed that General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) has directed that an Accident Investigation Board be constituted to ascertain remote and immediate causes of the tragedy.
In another news, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for an investigation into the recent military plane crash that claimed the life of the chief of army staff, General Ibrahim Attahiru and other military officers.
The spokesperson for the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, made the demand in a statement via Facebook on Saturday, May 22.
Ologbondiyan stated that there was also a need to probe the two other crashes which occurred few months ago.