The Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ART) has faulted the idea of the vice president of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo being flown by a foreign pilot.
ART, an indigenous group made up of aviation professionals drawn from retired and serving aviators, made this know while reacting to the recent accident involving Agusta AW139 helicopter with 12 passengers on board and the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo inclusive.
The group stated that “It is embarrassing to see the vice president of Nigeria being flown by a foreign pilot whether contracted or chartered in a Nigerian Police helicopter as noticed in a previous flight during these campaign season.”
In an official statement issued yesterday and signed by one of its key members, Ohu Ohunayo, ART emphasised that it is also a slap on the huge human resource of pilots Nigeria has in abundance.
In the statement titled: “Vice President Helicopter Crash” which was made available to LEADERSHIP, it said “The Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ART) join other Nigerians in thanking God for sparing the lives of the vice president and members of his team on board the Agusta AW139 with Registration Marks 5N-CML and serial number: 31389 owned and operated by Caverton Helicopters which crash landed in Kabba, Kogi State with 12 passengers on board, our vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo inclusive.
“While waiting for the AIB report of the accident, we are disturbed about the preparation made for the landing of the helicopter in that area and the crowd that surged towards the helicopter after the crash, if there had been fire, we would have experienced some casualties” the statement stated, adding that ART was deeply concerned about the management of security of the vice president.
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