AIB releases preliminary reports on four plane crashes

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The Accident Investigation Bureau of Nigeria (AIB-N) has issued preliminary reports on four serious aircraft incidents and accidents.

The aircraft involved are owned and operated by United Nigeria Airlines Limited, Max Air, Air Peace and the Nigerian Police Air Wing.

The Director General, Public Affairs, Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N), Tunji Oketunbi, released the report in a statement on Tuesday.

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The preliminary reports are as follows:

1. The preliminary report on the serious incident involving the United Nigeria Airlines Embraer 145LR aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-BWW, which was departing from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Nigeria when a serious incident occurred at approximately 4,000 feet on November 17, 2021.

2. The preliminary report on the serious incident involving a Max Air Boeing 737-300, which was parked at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja with nationality and registration marks 5N-DAB and was involved in a ground collision with Skyway Aviation Handling Co. Plc (SAHCO) lavatory service truck with fleet number 9/5 on November 21, 2021.

3. The preliminary report of a serious incident involving a Boeing 737-300 owned and operated by Air Peace Limited with nationality and registration marks 5N-BUQ, which occurred after take-off from Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri, Nigeria in en route to Lagos on 22 November 202.

4. The preliminary report of an accident involving a Bell 429 helicopter owned and operated by the Nigerian Police Air Wing with nationality and registration marks 5N-MDA, which occurred at Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Airport, Bauchi , in Nigeria on January 26, 2022.

Mr. Oketunbi noted that the preliminary reports are not the final reports as they only contain details of the initial facts, discussions and conclusions surrounding the events; which includes information gathered from witness statements, flight recorders, Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) data, Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) data and preliminary inspection of accident scene and wreckage.

He therefore added that the investigations into these serious incidents and accidents are still ongoing and that the final reports will be published upon completion of the respective investigations.

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