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AIB to carry out post mortem on helicopter crash victims

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By Jimoh Babatunde & Daniel Eteghe
LAGOS — Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, has said it will carry out a post mortem on victims of last Friday’s helicopter crash at Oke Oba hill in Ikonifin, Osun State. This is to enable the Bureau release the bodies of the victims to their families.

Mrs Josephine Damilola-Kuteyi, a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, died in the crash alongside her personal assistant, Mrs Oyebola Okubanjo and the Filipino pilot

Speaking with Vanguard Monday, Head, Public Affairs of the agency, Mr Tunji Oketunbi, said investigation on the cause of the accident had commenced and warned against attributing the cause of the accident to human error until investigation had been completed.

He said investigators deployed in the site of the accident were already collating materials gathered from the site.
Oketunbi said: “Right now they are looking at the evidence before them to ascertain if they are enough to come to the conclusion of what happened to the Eccuriel 350 helicopter marked 5N BKA belonging to OAS Airlines.

The agency has spoken with relevant agencies and eye witnesses. What is left now is to carry out post mortem on  remains of the occupants of the helicopter.”

On when the investigation will be concluded, Oketunbi said “it is very hard to say now as one accident differs from another. It is the analysis  that will determine  whether  we still need  to carry out further investigation  or if there will be need to  send the engine  for further analysis.”

He added that if it is a case of straight forward issue of pilot negligence they might not need to send the engine to the manufacturer.

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