Wigwe’s Demise: NSIB Proposes Collaboration with NTSB in Helicopter Crash Inquiry

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After the tragic Airbus Helicopter EC130B4 crash last Saturday, Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) seeks collaboration with National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for the investigation.

The crash claimed lives, including Dr. Herbert Wigwe, his family, and Mr. Abimbola Ogunbanjo, former Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc.

In accordance with ICAO’s Annex 13, NSIB reached out to NTSB, exercising Nigeria’s prerogative for active participation.

Chapter 5 subsection 27 of ICAO’s Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation – Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation, grants a State (nation) special interest in an accident involving its citizens.

NSIB emphasizes participation’s importance for accessing relevant information and ensuring cooperation with investigating authorities.

Parties mentioned in the investigation include Orbic Air, LLC, the FAA, and French agencies like BEA, Airbus, and Turbomeca Engines.

NTSB’s diligent investigation efforts were evident at the crash scene in Halloran Springs, California, where aerial mapping was conducted.

The NTSB states the inquiry is expected to last 18-24 months including preliminary reports within 14-21 days, compilation of a public docket, and publication of a final report.

On the accident investigation process, the body says it  comprises the preliminary investigation report, expected to be released within 14 to 21 days following the date of the examinations.

This is followed by  the compilation of the public docket, which includes a collection of information gathered throughout the investigation; photographs, interview summaries, documentation, and other relevant data.

Finally, the publication of the final aviation accident report, which serves to conclude the investigation usually containing analysis and a statement of the probable cause of the accident, if determined.

The investigation process includes preliminary reports, a public docket compilation, and the final aviation accident report publication.

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