The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), on Monday, September 21, released a preliminary report on the crash in Lagos State involving the helicopter operated by Quorum Aviation Limited. According to the report, the helicopter had no fuel in its tanks after the crash.
Recall that Newsbreakers reported that the aircraft crashed into the fence of a building in Lagos on August 28, 2020, with the three souls on board perishing.
The report by AIB also revealed that although the chopper had a long-range extender fuel system, it did not have the capacity to dump fuel. The chopper was refuelled to full capacity on August 27, a day before the crash.
The report read, “The helicopter was fitted with a range-extender fuel system. No fuel jettisoning capability on this helicopter. The helicopter has an endurance of 3:24h. The operational flight plan filed by the pilot indicated an endurance of 3:15 h and an estimated flight time of 2:45h. The helicopter engine started at 09:15h, took off at 09:20h, and crashed at 12:14h. Post occurrence examination revealed that the fuel tanks were empty. The mast and main rotor blades were found intact during the post-crash inspection.”
AIB further disclosed in the report that the pilot’s last medical examination was valid until August 6, 2020. According to the report, there was no evidence that an application for the exemption provided by the All Operators’ Letter (AOL) DG02020 had been submitted to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
His last proficiency check was only valid until August 24, 2020, and there was no evidence to show that an application for the exemption provided by the AOL DG018/20 had been submitted to the NCAA.
The report added, “The helicopter was not equipped with a flight data recorder or a cockpit voice recorder. Neither was required by the relevant aviation regulations but equipped with a Garmic GNC Global Positioning System.”