Breaking – Attahiru: Nigeria’s Military engages independent probe as AIB-N recovers black box of crashed plane

Crashed site where COAS Attahiru, others crashed on May 21, 2021

The black box of a Nigerian Air Force Beechcraft 350 jet which crashed on Friday near the Kaduna International Airport has been recovered by the Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N) on Saturday.

The aircraft conveyed late Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 other military personnel who died on Friday.

The AIB-N, according to its mandate, only probes civil aviation accidents and incidents in Nigeria and not military accidents or incidents. But Oketunbi said NAF mandated AIB-N to lead the investigation into the crash.

AIB-N in a statement signed by its General Manager, Public Affairs, Tunji Oketunbi, said its investigators will download and analyse vital information contained in the recorders to ascertain the cause of the ill-feted crash.

According to the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the United Nations specialised agency for global aviation regulation, black boxes, also known as flight recorders, are one of the most relied upon resources for the improvement of aviation safety.

Audio recordings from cockpit voice recorders are valuable for post-accident safety analysis, especially to know what transpired in the aircraft (mostly pilots’ last conversation) prior to accidents.

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