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Crashed Helicopter operated illegally, was declared Non-airworthy 3 years ago

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Based on reports, the ABell 206-B3 helicopter with registration number 5N-BQW, was said to have been operating illegally in Nigeria  in the past three years

The Chopper which crashed on Friday at Salvation Road, Opebi, Lagos State, with three individuals onboard, according to SAHARAREPIRTWRS, was declared non-airworthy.

Two crew members were confirmed dead immediately while the third person recovered alive and rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, later passed away.

Papers retrieved by the electronic media company confirmed that the crashed helicopter was affirmed non-airworthy in 2017 by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

The plane was also used prior to now by completely different Nigerian airline operators to deceive NCAA into granting them Air Operators’ Certificates.

The AOC, which authorises an operator to hold out particular commercial air transport operations, is handed out once the NCAA was satisfied that the operator had the needed personnel, assets, and systems to make sure the security of its staff and general public is guaranteed.

An operator applying for AOC is expected to have an air transport license from the NCAA, which allows it to operate scheduled passenger or cargo air services within the nation.

A source disclosed to SaharaReporters that some of the operators use the same helicopters previously presented by others to obtain AOCs from the NCAA including the ill-fated Bell 206-3 plane with registration number 5N-BQW.

The crashed plane, the source told, was used at different occasions by Omni-Blue Aviation Services and Quorum Aviation to acquire AOCs from the NCAA.

“The ill-fated copter was declared non-airworthy in 2017 when it was discovered that most of the equipment on board have expired.

“Then, Quorum Aviation had approached the NCAA for AOC license and it was discovered that the helicopter was faulty. NCAA also accused the management of refusing to maintain the engine of the aircraft.

“How Quorum Aviation was cleared to fly the aircraft after that was what I can’t really say.

“Imagine in 2016, Omni-Blue Aviation Services borrowed this crashed Bell 206-3 helicopter to obtain AOC from NCAA. A year after, Quorum Aviation applied for AOC with same helicopter,” he stated.

Investigation into the reason for Friday’s crash is at present ongoing.

Part of the building the helicopter crashed into was destroyed whereas some vehicles across the place had been also damaged because of the incident.

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