COAS: AIB begins full probe of plane crash, recovers black box

AIB has retrieved the black box of the plane that crashed killing the Chief of Army staff Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 others
Late COAS Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru

Full scale investigation of the immediate and remote causes of the Friday crash of the Nigerian Air Force Beachcraft 350 can now begin following the recovery of the plane’s black box.

Chief of Army Staff Lt-Gen Ibrahim Attahiru and the 10 other victims died in the plane crash in Kaduna and have been laid to rest in Abuja on Saturday.

The Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria, confirmed yesterday that the box had been recovered.

Spokesman for the AIB-N, Tunji Oketunbi said the NiAF had mandated the AIB-N to lead the investigation into the crash.

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He said: “The Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) from the accidented aircraft have been recovered and investigation has commenced.

“Investigators will download and analyse vital information contained in the recorders at the AIB-N’s world class Flight Safety Laboratory, in Abuja.”