AIB begins investigating plane crash that killed COAS Attahiru, 10 others

Gen. Attahiru, 10 other officers buried amidst tears in Abuja

The Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) have been recovered.

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has commenced investigation into the crash which claimed 11 lives including the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, on Friday in Kaduna.

The bureau’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Tunji Oketunbi, confirmed the development in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday.

Oketunbi said the investigation has commenced as the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) from the Beechcraft 350 aircraft had been recovered.

“Investigators will download and analyze vital information contained in the recorders at the AIB’s world-class Flight Safety Laboratory, in Abuja.

“The mandate given to AIB is based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two agencies on July 1, 2020, covering areas of mutual assistance,” he said.

Oketunbi said the investigation would be carried out diligently and professionally by its trained investigators.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the crash, which occurred on landing, had claimed 11 lives including the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, his aides, and the flight crew.

The late Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and other officers who died in the plane crash on Friday in Kaduna, were laid to rest at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja on Saturday, with full military honors.

 

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