Police helicopter crashes in Bauchi


A helicopter belonging to the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) which took off from Abuja, has crashed at the Bauchi airport.
This was disclosed in a statement on Thursday by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).
The statement signed by the spokesman of the AIB, Tunji Oketunbi, said the accident on Wednesday at about 7:30pm.
Oketunbi said, the helicopter, Bell 429, left Abuja on Wednesday by 4:54pm for Bauchi with six people on board, adding however that no life was lost, except injuries.
The statement appealed to members of the public who have information about the accident to come forward to assist the investigation.
According statement said, “On 26th January, 2022, Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria, was notified by Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) about an accident involving a Bell 429 helicopter with registration marks 5N-MDA owned and operated by Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
“The accident occurred on 26th January, 2022, around 7:30pm (Local Time) at Bauchi Airport.
“The NPF helicopter had departed Abuja at 16:54 UTC for Bauchi with six persons on board maintaining 5,500ft. “There were some injuries but no fatality.
“The investigating agency, AIB-N, needs and hereby solicits for your assistance.
“We want the public to know that we would be amenable to receiving any video clips, evidence, or information any member of the public may have of the accident that can assist us with this investigation.
“The Bureau will appreciate that the general public and press respect the privacy of the people involved and NOT assume the cause of the accident until a formal report is released.”


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