In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 29th, August, 2020

The Helicopter That Crashed In Lagos Was Declared Non-airworthy Three Years In the past

The Helicopter That Crashed In Lagos Was Declared Non-airworthy Three Years Ago

Helicopter crash

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A Bell 206-B3 helicopter with registration quantity 5N-BQW, which crashed on Salvation Highway, Opebi, Lagos State, on Friday, was declared non-airworthy three years in the past, SaharaReporters can report.

The helicopter crashed with three individuals onboard.

Whereas two crew members died on the spot, the third individual earlier rescued and brought to the Lagos State College Educating Hospital, Ikeja, later died.

Paperwork seen by SaharaReporters confirmed that the crashed helicopter was declared non-airworthy in 2017 by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

The plane was additionally used previously by completely different Nigerian airline operators to dupe NCAA into issuing them Air Operators’ Certificates.

The AOC, which authorises an operator to hold out particular business air transport operations, is issued as soon as the NCAA was happy that the operator had the required personnel, belongings, and techniques to make sure the security of its workers and normal public.

An operator making use of for AOC is required to have an air transport license from the NCAA, which allows it to function scheduled passenger or cargo air providers within the nation.

A supply informed SaharaReporters that among the operators use similar helicopters beforehand offered by others to acquire AOCs from the NCAA together with the ill-fated Bell 206-Three plane with registration quantity 5N-BQW.

The crashed plane, the supply disclosed, was used at completely different occasions by Omni-Blue Aviation Providers and Quorum Aviation to acquire AOCs from the NCAA.

“The ill-fated copter was declared non-airworthy in 2017 when it was found that a lot of the gear on board have expired.

“Then, Quorum Aviation had approached the NCAA for AOC license and it was found that the helicopter was defective. NCAA additionally accused the administration of refusing to keep up the engine of the plane.

“How Quorum Aviation was cleared to fly the plane after that was what I can’t actually say.

“Think about in 2016, Omni-Blue Aviation Providers borrowed this crashed Bell 206-Three helicopter to acquire AOC from NCAA. A yr after, Quorum Aviation utilized for AOC with similar helicopter,” he stated.

Investigation into the reason for Friday’s crash is at present ongoing.

A part of the constructing the helicopter crashed into was destroyed whereas some automobiles across the place had been additionally broken because of the incident.


Supply: SaharaReporters

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