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NAF mandates AIB-N to unravel immediate, remote causes of a military aircraft crash in Kaduna

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Site of Military aircraft crash in Kaduna taken over by AIB under heavy security

In what smacks an epoch task in the annals of accident investigation in Nigeria, the military has summoned the Accident Investigation Bureau- Nigeria, AIB-N, to conduct an investigation on the crash of a military aircraft in Kaduna, Friday, 21st May 2021.

A statement issued by AIB-N, announced that the bureau had been “mandated by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to lead the investigation into the crash of a military aircraft that occurred on Friday in Kaduna, in which the Chief of Army Staff died”.

The media statement signed by Tunji Oketunbi, General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB-N, said “the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) from the crashed Beechcraft 350 aircraft have been recovered and investigation has commenced”.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Ibrahim Attahiru (File photo)

Given a terse explanation into the procedures for accident investigation, the statement said that, “Investigators will download and analyze vital information contained in the recorders at the AIB-N’s world-class Flight Safety Laboratory, in Abuja”.

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

AIB said the mandate granted it was derived from the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signed between the two agencies -AIB & NAF- on 1st July 2020, covering such areas among others of mutual assistance.

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