The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Aviation, Hajia Binta Adamu Bello, has assured the general public of speedy investigation into the remote and immediate causes of the crash of a Bristow Sikosky 76 helicopter with registration number 5NBGD at the Oworoshoki area of Lagos lagoon on August 12, 2015.
Hajia Bello made this pledge while on a visit to the crash site on August 13, 2015. She also commended the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other emergency management agencies for their quick response in the rescue effort.
The Permanent Secretary also led a team of Aviation Ministry officials and Chief Executives of the aviation agencies to pay solidarity visit to the victims of the crash who were being treated in an undisclosed hospital, where she regretted the loss of some passengers on board that ill-fated helicopter.
Hajia Binta assured the general public that government would do everything within its power to ensure enhanced air safety in the country. Meanwhile, the Accident Investigation Bureau AIB has announced that the flight recorders, popularly known as black boxes of the Sikosky 76 helicopter have been recovered. The Sikosky 76 helicopter marked 5N-BGD and operated by Bristow Helicopters was believed to have departed SEDCO oil platform offshore and crashed shortly before landing at Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
The search party led by Julius Berger with the assistance of a hired diver located the recorders, which are expected to assist the investigators in unraveling the cause of the accident in which four passengers and two crew members were fatally injured. Six other passengers are receiving treatment at a private hospital.
The Flight Data Recorder (FDR) contains data generated from different parts of the aircraft including the engines and the avionics while the Cockpit Voice Recorder will unveil conversations within the cockpit and between the pilots and the Control Tower.
The biggest part of the wreckage of the ill fated aircraft was recovered much earlier but without the black boxes. According to AIB, investigation has been extended to retrieving documents and other materials from Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and the airline operator.
AIB assured that other information will be released to the public as they unfold and according to International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annexe 13.