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Attahiru: AIB commences investigation after recovering black box from crashed jet


Attahiru AIB plane crash black box investigation

The Accident Investigation Bureau on Saturday announced that it has recovered the black box of the Nigerian Air Force Beechcraft 350 jet which crashed on Friday at the Kaduna International Airport.

The PUNCH reported that the AIB’s team of investigators has commenced the process of download and analysis of vital data in the recorders to ascertain what led to the crash that claimed the lives of 11 military personnel including the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Ibrahim Attahiru.

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The development was confirmed by AIB General Manager, Public Affairs, Tunji Oketunbi in a statement titled, ‘AIB-N To Conduct Kaduna Crash Investigation.’

Flight recorders, popularly known as black boxes, are one of the most relied upon resources for the improvement of aviation safety.
Its audio recordings which are extracted 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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Usually, the AIB, 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 to lead the investigation into the crash.

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

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

“The mandate given to AIB-N is based on the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two agencies on July 1, 2020 covering areas of mutual assistance,” the statement partly read.