NAF Plane Crash: Investigation Begins as AIB Recovers Black Box, Cockpit Voice Recorder

The Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria has been mandated by the Nigerian Air Force to lead investigation into the crash of a military aircraft in which the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 others died on Friday in Kaduna.

The AIB spokesperson, Tunji Oketumbi, said on Saturday that the Flight Data Recorder and the Cockpit Voice Recorder of the crashed Beechcraft 350 aircraft had been recovered and investigation had commenced.

"investigators will download and analyse vital information contained in the recorders at the AIB-N’s world-class flight safety laboratory in Abuja,” Oketumbi said in a statement.

He noted that the mandate given to AIB-N was based on the Memorandum of Understanding it signed with the military on July 1, 2020 covering areas of mutual assistance.

Speaking with Punch newspaper, Oketumbi said, “This is not the first time we will be asked to investigate a military crash. We were asked to do so some years ago. As usual, both the preliminary and final reports of this crash will be submitted to the military which invited us to do it. It is the military that will decide what to do with it thereafter.”