The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has said the Bell 206-B3 helicopter operated by Quorum Aviation which crashed on Friday in Opebi, Lagos, did not have a black box.
The bureau said investigation has begun without the black box.
Tunde Oketumbi, AIB General Manager, Public Affairs, confirmed this to The Punch on Saturday. He said not all helicopters carry black boxes.
“It is not every aircraft that carries black boxes, especially helicopters, some of them have but some of them don’t have based on the manufacturer’s design. But in this case, the Bell 206-B3 helicopter did not carry any black box.
“A black box is just to show us the way and shorten the duration of investigation and narrow the process but we can still do investigation without it.
“Cockpit voice recorders document the conversation of the pilots but if we don’t have that, we still have the other components of the helicopter like the engine which will help in our investigation,” he said.
Oketumbi added that a preliminary report on the possible cause of the crash would be released but urged the general public not to assume the cause of the accident until the report is released.
The helicopter crashed, reportedly, two minutes to landing at the Lagos airport. It was on its way from Port Harcourt before the incident occurred.
While two of the three victims of the crash died on the spot, one died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).