Six Injured As Police Helicopter Crashes In Bauchi; Police Refute Report

Six Injured As Police Helicopter Crashes In Bauchi; Police Refute Report

By Hassan Jirgi

Helicopter belonging to the Nigeria Police Force, which took off from Abuja has crashed in Bauchi on Wednesday, injuring six persons, Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB has revealed, but stated that no life was lost in the crash.

The Bureau said it was informed of the accident by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and an inquiry is already underway.

“The accident occurred on 26th January 2022 around 7:30 pm (Local Time) at
Bauchi Airport.

It also asked the public to assist it with video clips, shreds of evidence, or
information on the accident that can assist it in the investigation of the crash.

According to AljazirahNigeria “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 Nigerian Police Force (NPF),” the statement said.

Another source added that the investigating agency, AIB-N needs and hereby solicits your assistance. We want the public to know that we would be amenable to receiving any video clips, pieces of evidence, or information any member of the public may have of the accident that can assist us with this investigation.

“There were some injuries but no fatality.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police on Thursday,  said there was no Police helicopter crash in Bauchi State as reported in some sections of the media.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba made this known in a statement in Abuja.

He said the Police helicopter, Bell 429 5NMDA, flying from Abuja to Bauchi was on Tuesday, involved in a controlled safe landing at the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi.

“The aircraft did not crash as being reported in some sections of the media and none of the occupants sustained any injury whatsoever.

“All six onboard including the pilot and co-pilot are in good condition,” he said.

Mba said the aircraft, flown by one of the best Police Pilots, was professionally safe-landed with minor damage on the rear rotor as a result of obstacles at the landing spot.

The police spokesman said the incident occurred at about 7.30 pm.

He said the Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, had commended the Police Air-Wing for its professionalism in safe-landing the aircraft and averting any serious air-mishap.

Baba said the Nigeria Police Air-wing; with a fleet of one fixed-wing aircraft, a citation jet, and 13 helicopters has a strong history of air safety since its establishment in 1972.

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