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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 144384
Last updated: 14 November 2019
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Date:14-MAR-2012
Time:11:55 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B427 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 427
Owner/operator:Nigeria Police Force (NPF)
Registration: 5N-POL
C/n / msn: 56035
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Jenta Mangoro, Jos, Plateau State -   Nigeria
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Survey
Departure airport:Jos, Plateau State
Destination airport:Abuja
Investigating agency: AIB Nigeria
Narrative:
At 0930hrs, a police fuel bowser that had arrived at Jos from Abuja the previous day, fuelled the aircraft which had been parked overnight at the Jos Prison football field. At 0958hrs, two-way communication was established between the helicopter and ATC. The pilot reported endurance of two hours, five persons on board, maintaining an altitude of 4000ft, and that it was a patrol flight around Jos city. The pilot also reported that he would be landing at the Police Headquarters, Jos and would call the Control Tower when re-joining for another patrol. The helicopter landed at the Nigeria Prisons Service football field, Jos (customarily used as a landing site for the Police Headquarters, Jos) at 1058hrs.

At about 1150hrs, the helicopter lifted up with four persons on board including the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Operations. The Control Tower was notified at about 1155hrs of the helicopterís crash at Landir village, Kabong area near Jos metropolis and that all four persons on board were fatally injured.

AIB say: The cause of the accident cannot be conclusively decided but the investigation discovered series of discrepancies and non-compliance with Nig.CARs which includes:
Pilot:
i. The Pilotís medical had expired as at the time of the accident,
ii. Simulator recurrency had expired as at the time of the accident.
Co-pilot:
i. The co-pilot was not type rated on the helicopter (Bell 427).
Engineer:
i. The aircraft maintenance engineer that released the aircraft prior to the flight had no type training and type rating on the aircraft type.

Three safety recommendations raised on police funding, regulatory compliance and fuel quality.

Sources:

http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/news/76-hot-topic/34468-fg-orders-probe-into-police-helicopter-crash
https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/index.php
https://www.vanguardngr.com/2012/03/dig-three-others-die-in-helicopter-crash/
http://www.aib.gov.ng/publications/final-report/controlled-flight-into-terrain-nigeria-police-force-bell-427-helicopter-5n-pol-kabong-jos-14th-march-2012/

Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 2017-001 issued by AIB Nigeria to Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Air Wing
Safety recommendation 2017-002 issued by AIB Nigeria to NCAA
Safety recommendation 2017-003 issued by AIB Nigeria to NCAA
Safety recommendation 2017-011 issued by AIB Nigeria to FAAN
Safety recommendation 2017-012 issued by AIB Nigeria to FAAN
Safety recommendation 2017-013 issued by AIB Nigeria to FAAN
Safety recommendation 2017-014 issued by AIB Nigeria to NCAA

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: AIB Nigeria
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Mar-2012 07:17 Steinmann Added
14-Mar-2012 07:52 gerard57 Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Source, Damage, Narrative]
14-Mar-2012 07:56 RobertMB Updated [Time, Operator, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
14-Mar-2012 07:59 gerard57 Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
14-Mar-2012 08:13 RobertMB Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Narrative]
15-Mar-2012 03:32 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
17-Mar-2012 04:21 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source, Narrative]
02-Dec-2012 14:14 TB Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
02-Dec-2012 14:25 TB Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport]
31-Aug-2017 14:50 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Phase, Source, Narrative]
18-Apr-2018 14:11 harro Updated [Source]

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