Agusta A109 E Power of the Nigerian Navy Air Arm(part of 2009 delivery):dedicated maritime variant
ABUJA, Dec. 17 (Xinhua)
Nigeria on Monday constituted a board to unravel the cause of a helicopter which crashed in oil-rich Bayelsa State in the southeast of the West African country at the weekend.
Nigerian Navy Chief of Training and
Operations, Rear Adm Emmanuel Ogbor
announced the constitution of the board
at a news conference in the capital Abuja. He told reporters that the members, who are aircraft investigation specialists, are drawn from Agusta Westland, the manufacturer of the ill-fated aircraft and other aviation regulatory agencies as provided by extant regulations.
Ogbor said some components of the helicopter that could assist the board to carry out its investigation had been recovered. “It is expected that the board will come out with the remote and immediate causes of the accident with far reaching recommendations that will forestall future occurrence,” he added.
According to Ogbor, the Navy’s helicopters, including the NN07, which
crashed on Saturday, were properly
maintained and serviced regularly, in
accordance with the manufacturer’s
specification. He said the ill-fated helicopter’s routine maintenance was concluded on Nov. 10 and was cleared for operations on Nov. 20 by certified technical support engineers.
“At the time of the incident, the helicopter had flown 1,704 flight hours
and had more than 80 flight hours before the next scheduled routine maintenance,” he said. The Nigerian Navy pilots are very experienced, he told reporters, noting that the captain in command has flown over 800 hours while the co-pilot had flown over 300 hours. “All our pilots are trained in the best aviation institutions all over the world,” he added.
“Additionally, spare parts for the helicopters are obtained directly from the manufacturers (Agusta Westland) and or its approved maintenance center worldwide,” he said.
All six people on board the helicopter,
including Governor Patrick Yakowa of
Kaduna State, and ex-national security
adviser, Gen. Andrew Azazi, died in the