AIB seeks public assistance in unravelling cause of Helicopter crash

Posted by Sade Wiliams

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), has solicited the support of the general public to furnish it with any information they may have on the helicopter (AgustaWestland 139) with Nigerian Registration Marks 5N-CML, owned and operated by Caverton Helicopters that crashed on landing in Kabba, Kogi State, with 12 souls on board including the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday.

Engr. Akin Olateru, AIB commissioner in a statement also urged the public and Media not to jump into conclusion on the cause of the accident until the Bureau saddled with the responsibility of investigation it concludes its job.

“Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), the agency of government created under the Civil Aviation Act 2006 with a clear mandate to investigate air accidents and serious incidents has commenced investigation into this accident.

“I am assuring the entire public that this investigation will be detailed, thorough and timely. This is not to apportion blame, it is about fact finding and making safety Recommendations with a view to preventing future occurrences. 

“As the Investigating agency, AIBneeds and hereby solicits for your help.We want the public to know that we would be amenable to receiving anyvideo clip(s), relevant evidence, or information any member of the public may have of the accident; that can assist us with this investigation.

Please kindly contact us via our  various official communication channels:

Mobile App:-     AIB-N

Website:-           www.aib.gov.ng

Twitter:-             @aibnigeria

Instagram:-        @theaibnigeria

Facebook:-         AIB Nigeria

Email:-                commissioner@aib.gov.ng;

SMS/WhatsApp:- +234807 709 0900

“I would like to enjoin the Press and the public please, to respect the privacy of the people involved and NOT to pre-empt the cause of the accident”, he said.

Olateru added that the AIB will release the preliminary report which will include factual information about the accident in a matter of days.

The Bureau can be followed on its social media handle on Twitter; Facebook, its App or Website for more information.

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