Nigerian Air Force Sets Up Panel To Investigate Helicopter Accident In Makurdi


The Nigeria Air Force has set up a seven-man board to investigate the cause of the helicopter accident at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Makurdi on Wednesday.

The Director of Information and Public Relations, NAF, Group Capt. Ayodele Famuyiwa, said in a statement on Friday that the seven-man panel is headed by Air Vice-Marshall Emmanuel Anebi.
He said the outcome of the investigation would be made known to the public.

Famuyiwa said what happened was not a crash but an accident which involved the Agusta Westland 101 helicopter as it was taxing after a successful flight in Makurdi.

“The attention of the Nigerian Air Force has been drawn to media reports on the crash of one of the Agusta Westland 101 helicopters handed over recently by the Presidency.

“Contrary to the report, it is pertinent to state that the mishap occurred while the helicopter was taxing after a successful mission. The incident happened last week on the tarmac at 33 Logistics Group, Makurdi.

“The NAF has since set-up a board of officers to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the incident.”