Police deny helicopter crash in Bauchi

Says “Only the rotor was damaged”

The Nigerian Police Force has declared that its helicopter was not involved in a crash in Bauchi State, but rather had troubles landing due to poor visibility.

The Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, who spoke on the matter yesterday, said when the helicopter which took off from Abuja arrived in Bauchi, there was no light on the runway at the airport.

Mba was reacting to an earlier report in a statement by the Accident Investigation Bureau, (AIB), which revealed that a Bell 429 helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Police crashed at the Bauchi airport around 7.30 pm on the evening of Wednesday.

He added that the pilot tried to communicate with the control tower but nobody was there to respond after which he had to proceed to control landing during which process the tail rotor of the aircraft was damaged.

The AIB report also said some of the six persons on board sustained some degrees of injury.

But the Police spokesperson said the incident happened on Thursday morning, adding that no injury occurred to those on board, and only the rotor of the aircraft which hit the branch of a tree was damaged, with no major damage to the plane itself.

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