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AIB yet to recover black boxes from Bristow crash

 Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) yesterday revealed that it is yet to recover the flight data recorder (FDR) and cockpit voice recorder (CVR), otherwise known as black boxes from the wreckage of the Bristow Helicopter that ditched into Lagos lagoon on Wednesday afternoon.
The chopper, according to information revealed, was returning from an offshore oil platform belonging to Sedco.
The commissioner of the Bureau, Dr. Felix Abali who stated this yesterday said the investigators of the accident had engaged Julius Berger Nigeria Plc  to assist with the recovery of the wreckage of the equipment, the CVR and FDR.
He also said the agency would require the cooperation of Bristow to inform the families of the victims of the crash before releasing the passenger manifest.
He said though the AIB had a copy of the passenger manifest, “but it must observe international protocols of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) before releasing the passenger manifest.”
Abali said it would be wrong to release the passenger manifest without seeking the understanding of the families of the victims of the crash.
He added that AIB would release a preliminary accident report subject to the pace of its investigations.
He said the AIB had already collected the transcript of conversation between the pilots of the ill- fated chopper and the control tower of the Lagos Airport.
He also confirmed that the helicopter had 12 persons on board.
He said the number of passengers that were on board would contribute significantly to the accident investigation.
“It would be nice to know the passenger capacity of the helicopter, but it does not contribute to the accident in any way. The investigation will reveal all that.”
We have removed the main part of the chopper from the lagoon, but the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder were not detached.
“We have to engage Julius Berger to continue to search for the black boxes.

AIB is considering all the evidence, and we intend to synchronize all parameters. We have collected the tapes of the last conversation with air traffic controllers,” said Abali.

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