Lagos Helicopter Crash: AIB Reveals Why


Following the helicopter crash at Opebi Lagos, the Accident Investigation Bureau has concluded its preliminary investigations on the reason for the crash and has released an initial report.

The report reveals that the helicopter did not have fuel onboard as at the time of the crash. The report reads as follows: “On August 27, 2020, a Bell 206B III helicopter with nationality and registration marks 5N-BQW, operated by Quorum Aviation Limited, was topped up with 247 litres of fuel to full tank capacity on ground Port Harcourt Military airport (DNPM).

“The helicopter was topped to full tank capacity on August 27, 2020. After refuelling, 10 minutes of engine run and 20 minutes of test flight were carried out on August 27, 2020 at Port Harcourt.

“The helicopter engine was started at 09:15h. The helicopter took off at 09:20h. The helicopter crashed at 12:14h. There was no fuel left in the fuel tanks after the crash. The mast and main rotor blades were found intact during the post-crash inspection.”

The report also disclosed that the crashed helicopter had a valid Certificate of Airworthiness as The Aircraft Maintenance Engineers’ License Validity was till February 14, 2022 and Aircraft Ratings: Category A&C Agusta/Bell 206, Bell 212, Sikorsky S76, Eurocopter EC 155 helicopters while the Certificate of Airworthiness of the helicopter was Valid till 29th October 2020.

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