ABUJA, May 13 (Xinhua)
The Nigerian Air Force on Monday released the preliminary report on the investigation into the recent crash of a Mi-24B helicopter, linking it to tail rotor systems failure. The crash occurred on May 9 at the Nigerian Air Force Base in southern Port Harcourt city.
Spokesperson for the Force Air Commodore Yusuf Anas made the report,
citing a team of safety and engineering
investigators. The engines of the helicopter and the gearbox were in good serviceable condition at the time of the accident, he added, noting that the report said mechanical machines are occasionally subject to failure as a result of system’s malfunction.
The report also confirmed that the
helicopter had flown 1,908 hours before
the accident. Following the crash of the helicopter, the chief of air staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh directed the grounding of the entire Mi-35P and Mi-24B helicopter fleet. Anas said following the probe, the Mil helicopter fleet has now been certified fit to resume flying.