- Some people have lost their lives after a police helicopter crashed in Bauchi State on Wednesday, January 26
- The helicopter is a Bell 429 helicopter with Registration Marks 5N-MDA owned and operated by Nigerian Police Force
- Specifically, six persons on board which took off from Abuja but none of them was injured in the crash
In what can be described another sad day in Nigeria, a Bell 429 helicopter with Registration Marks 5N-MDA owned and operated by Nigerian Police Force has crashed.
It crashed with six persons on board. According to reports, the flight which took off from Abuja crashed in Bauchi state on Wednesday, January 26.
PM News reports that no life was lost in the incident, though some of those of board were injured.
This development was disclosed by Nigeria’s Accident Investigation Bureau, in a statement issued on the accident on Thursday.
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AIB said it was notified of the crash by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency however did not state the extent of the injury.
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It also asked the public to assist it with video clips, evidences, or information on the accident that can assist it in the investigation of the crash.
“On 26th January, 2022, Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria was notified by Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) about an accident involving a Bell 429 helicopter with Registration Marks 5N-MDA owned and operated by Nigerian Police Force (NPF)."
“The accident occurred on 26th January, 2022 around 7:30pm (Local Time) at Bauchi Airport.
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Quoting other sources, the ill-fated plane was boarded by not less than 25 passengers in the evening of Wednesday at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
Confirming the incident, a of Nollywood’s actresses, Uche Elendu, revealed that she was one of those who escaped death in the flight. Elendu said the aircraft crashlanded when the gear failed just 10 minutes away from the Asaba airport.
The actress went on to disclose that the pilot was trying to return to Lagos before the near-death development happened.
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