Osinbajo’s Chopper: AIB Concludes Investigation

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB)  has concluded investigations on the helicopter crash involving the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo.

Recall that the Agusta AW 139 helicopter carrying Osinbajo, Senator Babafemi Ojudu and other occupants crash-landed in Kabba, Kogi state on Saturday.

Nation Newspaper reports that, the investigation came on the heels of gathering of series of evidences which included: inspection of the chopper wreckage at the crash site; interview of airline crew such as pilots, engineers and other technical personnel; analysing eyewitness accounts, as well as laboratory testing of the broken rotor and other parts of chopper.

 

Scene of the crash at Kabba, Kogi state

 

The Newspaper quoted a source at the AIB saying the preliminary report of the accident will be released in two days, but no probable cause(s) has been given as the reason for the crash.

Also, Caverton Helicopters, managers of the crashed chopper, revealed that its insurers have arrived the country to participate in the probe.

The insurers have reportedly, sought permission from the AIB for access to the crash site to carry out valuation of the wreckage and other relevant activity critical to the accident probe.

Tunji Oketumbi, spokesman of the AIB, said the bureau had concluded preliminary investigation on the crash, which he described as “high profile”, because of the status of the occupant in the ill-fated chopper.

Oketumbi said: “So far, the AIB has done what is statutorily required of it. We did not require any foreign assistance. We have carried out the relevant findings at the crash site and interviewed the crew and other people relevant to the operation.”

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