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Investigation Into Bristow Helicopter Crash Commences

The black box

Following the recovery of the black box belonging to the crashed Bristow helicopter in Lagos some days ago, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) is to begin a full investigation into the circumstances that led to the incident.

The Sikosky 76 helicopter marked 5N-BGD, crashed at the Iyana-Oworo end of Lagos resulted in the death of six passengers while six others have been hospitalised..

Dr. Felix Abali, a commissioner with the AIB, displayed the device before journalists at the bureau’s headquarters in Lagos.

Abali said that the AIB would download information from the black box and analyse it to get the rue circumstance that led to the crash.

AIB officials displaying the black box
AIB officials displaying the black box

“We are still in custody of these two devices and we will take them to our laboratory in Abuja.

“The information will be downloaded before it is analysed to retrieve vital information in preparation for the final report.

“The flight data recorder will show us the speed, altitude of the helicopter, while the cockpit voice recorder will reveal the conversation between the pilots and the control tower in Lagos.

“Like any other investigation, we cannot give a specific time-line as it can take any twists and turns.

“All we can do to hasten the investigation is that we have competent investigators that will do their best, but we cannot tell when we will finish the report,” he said adding that investigation had been extended to retrieving documents and other materials from Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and the airline operator.

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