The Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB -N) said that it has been mandated by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to lead the investigation into the crash of a military aircraft that occurred on Friday in Kaduna, killing the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers.
Other officers who, were in the COAS entourage that died in the ill-fated crash include: Brig Gen. M.I Abdulkadir, Brigadier General Olayinka,Brig Gen. Kuliya, Maj. LA Hayat,Maj. Hamza and SGT, Umar . The crew who died in the air crash are Flight LT. T.O Asaniyi, Flight LT. A .A Olufade,Sergeant Adesina and ACM Oyedepo.
This was made known in a statement signed by the General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB-N, Tunji Oketunbi, Oketunbi explained that the mandate given to AIB-N is based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two agencies on July 1, 2020 covering areas of mutual assistance.
The Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) from the accident ed Beechcraft 350 aircraft have been recovered and investigation has commenced. He added that investigators will download and analyse vital information contained in the recorders at the AIB-N’s world class Flight Safety Laboratory, in Abuja.