The chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Hope Uzodimma, has announced that the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) of the Ministry of Aviation, has commenced investigation into the circumstances that led to the crash of a police helicopter in Jos, Plateau State last Wednesday, in which four police officers, including a deputy inspector-general of police in charge of operations, John Haruna lost their lives.
Commiserating with Nigerians, the police and families of the deceased, Uzodimma said that apart from unraveling the circumstances behind the crash, the probe would also provide solution in order to avert future occurrences.
He described the incident as unfortunate, and regretted that it had taken away the life of one of the best police officers in Nigeria. Uzodimma urged families of the deceased to take solace in the fact that the victims did not die in vain but in the service of their fatherland.
The chairman said his committee had been collaborating with all the relevant stakeholders in the aviation industry to make the Nigerian airspace safe, adding that the unfortunate crash would spur the committee to further action.
Four senior police officials were killed last Wednesday morning when a police helicopter crashed into houses in the central Nigerian city of Jos.
The accident happened about 11:30 a.m, shortly after the helicopter had taken off for a routine air patrol, with Abuja, the country’s capital as its destination.
Apart from the DIG, three other victims: an assistant commissioner of police and pilot, Garba Yalwa, chief superintendent of police and co-pilot, Al