Mon. Dec 5th, 2022

Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Nigeria Police Force has debunked reports that its helicopter crashed in Bauchi state leaving six passengers onboard injured.

The Force in a statement sigjed by Frank MBA in Abuja, said the Helicopter named Bell 429 5N-MDA, flew from Abuja to Bauchi on Tuesday, February 26, 2022, and was involved in a controlled safe landing at the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi.

“The aircraft did not crash as being reported in some sections of the media and none of the occupants sustained any injury whatsoever. All six (6) on board including the pilot and co-pilot are in good condition,” the Force stated.

According to the force, the helicopter sustained minor damage on the rear rotor as a result of obstacle at the landing spot. The incident occurred around 7:30PM (local time).

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba commended the Police Air-Wing for their “professionalism in safe-landing the aircraft and averting any serious air-mishap.”

He further noted that the Nigeria Police Air-wing – with a fleet of​ one fixed-wing aircraft, a citation jet and thirteen (13) helicopters – has got a strong history of air safety since its establishment in the year 1972.

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