Following yesterday’s crash-landing of Caverton Helicopters’ owned Agusta Westland (AW) 139 conveying Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in Kabba, Kogi State, investigation has been opened to unravel the cause of the accident.
The Managing Director and Accountable Manager of Caverton Helicopters, Captain Josiah Choms revealed that the crash may be as a result of unusual weather conditions.
“No injuries were recorded by passengers or the flight crew on board, and the evacuation procedures were safely done inline with the industry’s recommended practices”, Choms revealed.
He also said that relevant authorities have been duly informed. As a result, the investigative team have swung into action. We will give of course, give support to the authorities as required.
“We wish to reassure the public and our various stakeholders of our unwavering commitment to safety in all of our operations”, Choms said.
The AW139 is a 15-seat medium-sized twin-engine helicopter, developed and produced principally by Augusta Westland in Italy.
It is marketed for several different roles, including VIP/corporate transport, offshore transport, firefighting, law enforcement, search and rescue (SAR), emergency medical service (EMS), disaster relief, and maritime patrol.