AIB Officials at a Crash Site File Photo

AIB recovers black box of crashed military aircraft in Kaduna, begins investigation

*The Accident Investigation Bureau discloses the Nigerian Air Force has mandated the agency to ‘lead the Investigation into the crash’ of the military aircraft that led to deaths of Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Set to download and analyse vital information contained in the recorders, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has disclosed that it recovered the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) from the crashed Beechcraft 350 aircraft that led to the deaths of Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and 10 other military officers.

Tunji Oketunbi, General Manager, Public Affairs of the agency, in a statement Saturday, May 22, in Abuja, FCT, said the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) had mandated the AIB to “lead the Investigation into the crash” of the aircraft Friday, in Kaduna, Northern Nigeria.

Late COAS Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru

The remains of late COAS Lt-Gen. Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried at the National Military Cemetery in Saturday, in Abuja, with full military honours.

The statement noted: “The Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) from the accidented Beechcraft 350 aircraft have been recovered and investigation has commenced.

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

The agency further stated 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.”

Earlier, the Nigerian military authorities have suggested that the flight crashed due to adverse weather conditions in Kaduna.

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