AIB Secures Audio Recordings Of Conversation Between Pilot, ATC Of Crashed Bristow Helicopter

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) monday confirmed that it had retrieved all necessary documents, recording and fuel samples pertaining to the ill-fated Bristow-operated S-76 helicopter which, last Wednesday, crashed into the Lagoon at the Oworonshoki area of Lagos with six fatalities out of 12 persons board.

According to the spokesman of AIB, Tunji Oketunbi, the Bureau has collected files from the airline, Bristow, that detailed the helicopter’s history, files from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on the profile and maintenance history of the aircraft and files on the crew members and the audio recording between the Air Traffic Control (ATC) and the pilots’ conversation before the crash.

Oketunbi said: “We have files on the airline, crew members, aircraft; we have retrieved all their files, maintenance manual of the particular helicopter, fuel sample of the fuel in the aircraft and the records of the conversation between the pilots and the Air Traffic Controllers. NCAA has the files on the crew because it licensed them. Every pilot and every cabin crew has files in NCAA.”

In addition, AIB will interview those who dispatched the aircraft to know the airworthiness of the helicopter before it took off for the ill-fated flight, the survivors of the crash, including the engineers in Bristow and those in NCAA that certified the aircraft airworthy.

Oketunbi said that it is the basic thing to do to collect fuel sample of the aircraft involved in accident to know whether it contributed to the crash, adding that so far, the airline was cooperating with the Bureau in its investigation, but noted that by law, the airline must cooperate with AIB.

“We also have the prerogative by law to forcefully impound documents and recordings and other things that are necessary if the airline is not cooperating. We can break into the offices of the company and take whatever we need in the investigation, but the company is cooperating,” Oketunbi noted.

He confirmed that all the materials collected would help the Bureau carry out comprehensive investigation into the crash as it contained a selection of actual audio clips of conversations between ATC facilities and crew members of the aircraft before the accident, adding that the sizes of each file in kilobytes are located next to the ‘Download’ link.

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Black Box Of Crashed Bristow Helicopter Found

The Accident Investigation Bureau on Friday announced that it had recovered the Black Box of the Bristow helicopter that crashed into the Lagos lagoon on Wednesday. The black box contains the cockpit voice and the flight data recorders.

The Commissioner of the Accident Investigation Bureau, Felix Abali, made this known while displaying the two devices to aviation correspondents at the bureau’s headquarters in Lagos. The cause of the crash is yet to be ascertained.


Investigations Begin Into Crash Of Bristow Helicopter

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), on Wednesday said it had commenced investigation into the Bristow helicopter that crashed into the lagoon in Lagos.

This is contained in a statement issued by the bureau’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Tunji Oketunbi, in Lagos.

The statement said the investigation had commenced with the AIB Commissioner, Dr Felix Abali, leading the team.

The statement said 12 persons were believed to be on board.

Bristow-owned helicopter crashed inside ExxonMobil Facility in Port Harcourt on August 3, 2007.

Another crash involving Bristow Helicopters also occurred on July 14, 2011 in Port Harcourt.

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Bristow Helicopter Pledges Assistance To Survivors, Deceased Families

Bristow Helicopter Limited on Thursday promised to assist survivors and families of the dead victims of its ill-fated chopper that plunged into the lagoon on Wednesday in Lagos.

Bristow Regional Director for Africa Duncan Moore made the pledge in a statement in Lagos.

“Our thoughts are with those affected by the unfortunate accident. We regret the loss of lives in the air crash and we are ready to assist them with our full resources.

“Our highest priority is to take care of our crew and clients and their family members and provide them with any assistance needed.

“Our personnel are currently working to confirm the number of people on board, their identities and the extent of any injury,” he said.

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