AIB-N Investigates Military Plane Crash, Recovers Black Box

Yemisi Izuora

The Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB -N) has commenced investigation into the military plane crash which claimed 11 lives including the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, on Friday in Kaduna State.

Spokesman of the Bureau, Tunji Oketunbi, who confirmed the development in a statement explained that the investigation has commenced as the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) from the Beechcraft 350 aircraft had been recovered.

Explaining further, Oketunbi said: “Investigators will download and analyse vital information contained in the recorders at the AIB-N’s world class Flight Safety Laboratory, in Abuja.

“The mandate given to AIB-N is based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two agencies on July 1, 2020 covering areas of mutual assistance,” he said.

Oketunbi said the investigation would be carried out diligently and professionally by its trained investigators.

The crash, which occurred on landing, had claimed 11 lives including the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, his aides, and the flight crew.

The late Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Ibrahim Attahiru, and other officers who died in the plane crash on Friday in Kaduna, were laid to rest at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja on Saturday, with full military honours.

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