Osinbajo’s Helicopter Accident Caused By Human Error, AIB Reveals

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has released the final report of the February 2, 2019 helicopter accident involving the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo in Kogi and three other accidents.

In its preliminary report, the AIB had said the crew lost visual contact with the ground at about 50 feet owing to dust generated when landing on a sandy area.

But in the new report made available on Tuesday, the AIB said the incident was as result of human error.

The Agusta Westland helicopter conveying the Vice President and 11 others crashed in the Kabba area of Kogi State during the 2019 presidential election campaign.

The chopper managed by Caverton Helicopter had managed to land at the township stadium before its propeller suddenly pulled off to the surprise of supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who had gathered to welcome the Vice President.

Read the full report on the Vice President’s helicopter crash and three other incidents released by the Bureau below:

THE SPEECH OF THE COMMISSIONER/CEO OF ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION BUREAU (AIB), AKIN OLATERU AT THE MEDIA BRIEFING ON THE RELEASE OF FOUR OCCURRENCE REPORTS HELD ON 28 JULY, 2020 AT CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS, NNAMDI AZIKIWE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ABUJA

Gentlemen of the press,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to this very important occasion where we will be releasing four final accident and serious incident reports to the general public.

For us at AIB Nigeria, safety is very crucial and our investigations are geared towards ensuring a safer airspace in Nigeria and in the region.

These reports are the strong foundation on which safety of the aviation industry is built and timely release of these reports is as critical as Accident Investigation itself. The purpose of accident investigation, however, is not to apportion blame or liability but to prevent future recurrence of similar incidents.

Since the inception of this administration at AIB, we have been able to keep to our promise of ensuring timely release of accident and serious incident reports. We have before now released 27 final accident reports to the public and today, we will be releasing an additional four reports, which will bring the total final report released by this administration from 2017 till date to 31.

These Four Final Reports include a total of 9 Safety Recommendations, making a total of 51 Final Reports and 187 Safety Recommendations since the inception of AIB.

Safety Recommendations in accident reports have impacted air safety positively not only in Nigeria, but globally. They are very important towards preventing recurrence of such accidents or serious incidents when safety recommendations are adhered to.

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