Thursday, 20 August 2015

Lagos Bristow Helicopter crash;Accident investigation bureau(AIB) releases passenger manifest

The Accident Investigation Bureau AIB has released the names of Twelve (12) people including the six victims, who died  during the ill fated Bristow Helicopter crash in Lagos Wednesday, last week. 

The Six victims are Chukwuma Erise, Chidi Ukwunta, Ita Ekpeyong, Chis Abua, Joseph Wyatt (Captain) and Peter Kayode Bello( Co-pilot)

 Mr Tunji Oketunbi, General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB, in a statement said  “the Accident Investigation Bureau today released the passenger manifest for the helicopter that crashed last week in Oworonshoki area of Lagos, Nigeria. 

 The names of the passengers and the crew on the manifest of the ill-fated flight (12) are : Ita Ekpeyong, Joshua Emekeme, Dolu Ebiejuara, Onoriode Onojete, Chukwuma Erise, Solomon Udeh, Chidi Ukwunta, Iniala Opaimi, Chris Abua, Chukwudi Onah ,Joseph Wyatt (Captain), Peter Kayode Bello (Co-Pilot)”

“The Sikosky S76 C+ helicopter crashed into the lagoon in Oworonshoki area of Lagos on Wednesday 12 August, 2015 shortly before landing at Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos. The helicopter marked 5N-BGD and operated by Bristow Helicopters departed SEDCO oil platform offshore en-route Lagos airport.”

It will be recalled that the Flight Data Recorder and Corkpit Voice Recorder, CVR, (Black boxes) have since been recovered  by the Accident Investigation Bureau. 

 The recorders are expected to assist the investigators in unraveling the cause of the accident in which  6 people died and 6 others survived.the 6 survivors are receiving treatment at a private hospital.”

According to AIB,  the investigation has extended to retrieving documents and other materials from Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and the airline operator Bristow. “Other details and information from findings will be released to the public as they unfold.  

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