The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has recovered the black box of the helicopter that crashed into a residential building in the Opebi area of Lagos State on Friday.
The AIB, has also commenced an investigation into the accident involving a Helicopter Bell 206B3 operated by Quorum Aviation coming from Port Harcourt to Lagos.
Mr Tunji Oketunbi, General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB Nigeria, who confirmed the development in a statement in Lagos on Friday, said,
“We have begun an investigation into the accident involving a Helicopter Bell 206B3 with the Nationality registration Marks 5N-BQW operated by Quorum Aviation coming from Port Harcourt to Lagos.
“The accident which occurred on Aug. 28 at the Opebi Area of Ikeja, Lagos, with three passengers on board; recorded two fatalities.
“As the investigating agency, AIB needs and also hereby solicits for your assistance. We want the public to likewise know that we would be amenable to receiving any video clip.
“We will also need other relevant evidence; or information any members of the public may have of the accident; that can assist us with this investigation,” he said.
Oketumbi urged the public to contact the bureau on its official communication channels: Mobile App: AIB-website: www.aib.gov.ng; Twitter: @aibnigeria; Instagram @AIB_Nigeria
He said others were on Facebook: AIB Nigeria; Email: Commissioner@aib.gov.ng; SMS/WhatsApp: +234807 709 0900, 0807 709 0928
Oketumbi said the bureau would appreciate the general public and media to respect the privacy of the people involved; and also not to assume the cause of the accident until a formal report was released.
The AIB said after the crash it deployed its officials to the crash site and recovered the device around 3pm.
The AIB, however, pointed out the helicopter, a Bell 206, with registration number 5N BQW belongs to Quorum Aviation, an air transportation and logistics company, came in from Port Harcourt, Rivers State with two crew members and a passenger.
He also confirmed the death of two persons after the helicopter crashed into the residential building and another person that sustained injuries, who was taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, for treatment.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) officials who were drafted to the scene of the accident for rescue, evacuated the wreckage of the crashed helicopter to the office of AIB.
The Acting Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, said the accident actually happened while the helicopter was returning from training in Port Harcourt.