Quorum Aviation Limited, the owner of the helicopter that crashed into a building at Opebi, has declared that the company has all the requisite certificates and approvals which are current and valid as issued by the authorities following due process.

The helicopter crash caused the death of three persons. The airline that the victims were its crew members. However, the airline did not give the names of the victims.

According to the airline management, ” Quorum Aviation Limited is compelled to make a few clarifications regarding the unfortunate helicopter accident which occurred on Friday, August 28, 2020, that claimed the lives of three of our staffs who were onboard the aircraft.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Quorum Aviation Limited is a responsible corporate entity that adheres to and complies with all the rules and regulations pertaining to the aviation industry as laid-out in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCAR).

“The company has all the requisite certificates and approvals obtained through a very rigorous process, including inter alia an Air Operator Certificate (AOC), Certificate of Airworthiness (COA) and Insurance.

“All our certificates and approvals are current and valid as issued by the authorities following due process.

The airline called for understanding and avoidance of speculation from the media to enable the Accident Investigators to carry out their duties.

The statement read,” During this difficult time, we crave the indulgence of media to refrain from conjecture and speculation, and to choose instead to await the outcome of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) investigation into the cause of the mishap.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of the departed.”

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The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), had earlier announced that it has begun an investigation to unravel circumstances that led to a helicopter crash in the Opebi area of Lagos State.

The Bureau General Manager, Public Affairs, Tunji Oketumbi, disclosed this shortly after the crash.

“Our investigators are at the scene of the accident and investigation has commenced,” Oketumbi added that the Bureau would issue a formal report on the accident.

The Bureau later revealed that the helicopter that crashed on Salvation Road, Opebi, in the Ikeja area of Lagos State, on Friday, has no black box.

The Investigation Bureau, however, disclosed that investigation has since commenced without the black box.

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