The preliminary report of the recently crashed Bell206 Helicopter with registration 5N-BQW belonging to Quorum Aviation has shown that the helicopter fuel tanks were empty at crash time.
The report which was released Monday 21st ,September,2020 by the agency saddled with the responsibility to investigate air accidents in Nigeria, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), indicated that the pilot in command does not possess valid proficiency check.
Furthermore, it was also revealed in the preliminary report that the pilot’s last medical examination was valid till 6th August, 2020 while the crashed occurred on August 28th, 2020.
However, according to the report, the helicopter has a valid Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A).
The preliminary report detailed the sequence of event that transpire a day before the crash till the crash occurred on August 28th, 2020 at exactly 12:14pm local time. This includes:
The helicopter was topped to full tank capacity on 27th August, 2020 after which it observed a 10 minutes engine run and 20 minutes of test flight carried out in Port Harcourt.
The helicopter which was fitted with a range-extender fuel system with an endurance of 3:24h, has no fuel jettisoning capability.
The operational flight plan filed by the pilot indicated an endurance of 3:15 h and an estimated flight time of 2:45 h.
On August 28th, 2020, the helicopter engine was started at exactly 09:15 h and took off at exactly 09:20 h.
The mast and main rotor blades of the helicopter were found intact during the post-crash inspection.
Also revealed in the preliminary report is the transcript of voice record of the pilot and Lagos Air Traffic Controller(ATC), which shown that the Lagos ATC establish contact with the flight at exactly 11:45am and lost contact at exactly 12:16pm with a call “FIVE NOVEMBER BRAVO QUEBECK WHISKY REPORT POSITION”.
It will be recall that prior to the release of the preliminary report the AIB issued a clarification that the aircraft does not require a Flight Deck Recorder (FDR); popularly known as Black box or a Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) as the Bell 206 is certified at approximately 1,519kg (3,350lbs) and featured five seats. The standard requirement for an FDR in any aircraft is ten seats.