The Nigeria Police Force said that its helicopter did not crash in Bauchi State as being widely reported.
The NPF’s spokesperson, Frank Mba, confirmed on Thursday, in a statement titled, ‘Police helicopter in controlled safe-landing in Bauchi … Not crashed as reported, none of the occupants sustained any injury whatsoever.”
The police’s statement read, “Helicopter, Bell 429 5N-MDA, flying from Abuja to Bauchi on Tuesday, February 26, 2022, was involved in a controlled safe landing at the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi.
“The aircraft did not crash as being reported in some sections of the media and none of the occupants sustained any injury whatsoever. All six onboard 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 7:30 pm (local time).
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, 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 13 helicopters – has got a strong history of air safety since its establishment in the year 1972.”
However, the Accident Investigation Bureau had in a statement on Thursday, said Bell 429 helicopter with Registration Marks 5N-MDA owned and operated by Nigeria Police Force was involved in an accident on Wednesday.
Though the AIB said there was no fatality, the accident bureau claimed that “there were some injuries.”
The Accident Investigation Bureau had in a statement signed by its spokesman, Tunji Oketunbi, on Thursday, said the incident occurred around 07:30pm on Wednesday.
While requesting video evidence of the “accident” from members of the public, AIB claimed, “There were some injuries but no fatality”.
The statement was titled, ‘Press Statement On Nigeria Police Helicopter Occurrence’.