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Attahiru: AIB recovers black box of crashed jet, begins probe

The Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria, on Saturday, May 22, 2021, said it has recovered the black box of a Nigerian Air Force Beechcraft 350 jet which crashed on Friday near the Kaduna International Airport.

AIB said its investigators will download and analyse vital information contained in the recorders to ascertain the cause of the crash that claimed the lives of 11 military personnel including the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Ibrahim Attahiru.

This was contained in a statement titled, AIB-N To Conduct Kaduna Crash Investigation’ signed by AIB-N General Manager, Public Affairs, Tunji Oketunbi.

Usually, the AIB-N, according to its mandate, only probes civil aviation accidents and incidents in Nigeria and not military accidents and incidents. But Oketunbi said the Nigerian Air Force mandated AIB-N to lead the investigation into the crash.

“The Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) from the accidented aircraft have been recovered and investigation has commenced.

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“Investigators will download and analyse vital information contained in the recorders at the AIB-N’s world class Flight Safety Laboratory, in Abuja.

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“The mandate given to AIB-N is based on the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two agencies on July 1, 2020 covering areas of mutual assistance,” the statement partly read.

It was reported on Saturday that the military immediately took over the site of the plane crash possibly to forestal any interference with the investigations and most importantly to ensure that the black box is not tempered with before the arrival of investigators to the scene.

The Manager of Kaduna Airport, Amina Salami, told Channels Television that the military authorities have taken over the crash site.

According to her, the soldiers have prevented civil aviation officials from gaining access to the site pending the arrival of officials of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

The manager further explained that the crashed military plane was initially scheduled to land at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Mando area, but was diverted to the Kaduna Airport due to poor weather conditions.

Salami said that only the Accident Investigation Bureau will determine the actual cause of the crash

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