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Police helicopter crashes in Bauchi

A POLICE helicopter which took off from Abuja has crashed at the Bauchi Airport, the Accident Investigation Bureau said on Thursday.


The Accident Investigation Bureau, in a statement on Thursday, said the incident occurred at about 07:30pm on Wednesday.


According to the statement signed by AIB spokesman, Tunji Oketunbi, six persons were onboard the copter when the crash occurred.


Oketunbi said though “there were some injuries but no fatality”.


The statement was titled, ‘Press Statement On Nigeria Police Helicopter Occurrence’.


It reads, “On 26th January, 2022, Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria was notified by Nigerian Airspace Management Agency about an accident involving a Bell 429 helicopter with Registration Marks 5N-MDA owned and operated by Nigeria Police Force. The accident occurred on 26th January, 2022 around 7:30pm (Local Time) at Bauchi Airport.


“The NPF helicopter departed Abuja at 16:54 UTC for Bauchi with six persons onboard maintaining 5,500ft.


“There were some injuries but no fatality.


“The investigating agency, AIB-N needs and hereby solicits for your assistance. We want the public to know that we would be amenable to receiving any video clips, evidences, or information any member of the public may have of the accident that can assist us with this investigation.


“The Bureau will appreciate that the general public and press respect the privacy of the people involved and NOT assume the cause of the accident until a formal report is released.


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