THE Nigeria Police has said that it’s helicopter, a Bell 429 5NMDA, flying from Abuja to Bauchi on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, was involved in a Controlled Flight Into Terrain ( CFIT) at the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi.
According to Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, the aircraft did not crash as being reported in some sections of the media and none of the occupants sustained any injury whatsoever.
His statement read, “All six (6) on board including the pilot and co-pilot are in good condition.
‘Similarly, the aircraft, which was flown by one of the best Police Pilots, was professionally safe-landed with minor damage on the rear rotor as a result of obstacle at the landing spot. The incident occurred around 7:30PM (local time).
He continued, “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has commended the Police Air-Wing for their professionalism in safe-landing the aircraft and averting any serious air-mishap. He further noted that the Nigeria Police Air-wing – with a fleet of one fixed-wing aircraft, a citation jet and thirteen (13) helicopters – has got a strong history of air safety since its establishment in the year 1972.”