After one year and five months of the crash of a chopper taking vice president Yemi Osinbajo to Kabba, Kogi state for political campaign, the Accident and Investigation Bureau (AIB) on Tuesday said the aircraft had the accident because the flight crew lost visual contact with the ground and external surroundings.
A chartered helicopter belonging to Caverton Helicopters conveying Osinbajo and his team for a campaign suddenly crashed in Kabba, but all 12 people onboard escaped unhurt.
According to the Commissioner of AIB, Akin Olateru, Onboard were 12 persons, including the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, his entourage, and three crew members (Pilot, Co-pilot, and an Engineer).
“At about 50ft above ground level, a brownout set in. The flight crew lost visual contact with the ground and external surroundings.
“The co-pilot began radio altitude callouts “35, 30, 25, 20 and 15”. At about 14:34h, the helicopter experienced a hard landing on the right main landing gear and rolled over onto its right side. All persons on board were evacuated uninjured,” he stated.