Following investigations into the ill-fated fated Bell 26 B III helicopter belonging to Quorum Aviation, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has revealed that the helicopter had no Flight Data Recorder (FRD) as it was not designed to have one.
The helicopter which crashed into a public building in Opebi, Lagos State, five days ago resulted in the death of all three crew members on board. The preliminary report on the cause of the crash will be made available by the AIB in a few weeks’ time.
With Quorum Aviation, operators of the Bell 206 helicopter having a valid Air Operator’s Certificate that will expire on November 20, 2020, the AIB has equally given the Quorum Aviation a “clean bill”.
According to Akin Olateru, the Commissioner of the Bureau who addressed journalists at the Lagos office of the Bureau, he noted that the aim of the media briefing was to clear the air over unconfirmed comments on the crash. As a matter of fact, contrary to the belief that the Bureau had obtained the black box, the helicopter did not meet the necessary criteria to have one. Thus, it was not featured with one.
He also spoke on how the aviation industry is the most regulated industry in the world and the AIB’s operations are regulated in line with the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Furthermore, Olateru emphasized on the fact that any conjecture about the crash at this point in time where investigations are still ongoing, may be detrimental to the process. Hence, conjectures should be avoided at all costs.
With this crash being the first aviation fatality Nigeria will suffer in the space of over 5 years, Olateru still described Nigeria as one of the highest-ranked countries in the world, in as much as flight safety is concerned.