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Lagos Crash : Helicopter Has No Black Box – Accident Investigation Bureau

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A Bell 206-B3 helicopter that crashed on Salvation Road, Opebi, in the Ikeja area of Lagos State, on Friday, has no black box, the Accident Investigation Bureau has said.

AIB, the investigating body in charge of all aviation-related accidents and incidents in Nigeria, however, noted that investigation has since commenced without the black box.
A Bell 206-B3 helicopter that crashed on Salvation Road, Opebi, in the Ikeja area of Lagos State, on Friday, has no black box, the Accident Investigation Bureau has said.
AIB, the investigating body in charge of all aviation-related accidents and incidents in Nigeria, however, noted that investigation has since commenced without the black box.
According to the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the United Nations specialised agency for global aviation regulation, black boxes, also known as flight recorders, are one of the most relied upon resources for the improvement of aviation safety. Audio recordings from cockpit voice recorders are valuable for post-accident safety analysis, especially to know what transpired on the aircraft (mostly the pilots’ last conversation) prior to their accidents.
The copter with Nationality Registration Marks 5N-BQW operated by Quorum Aviation was about two minutes to reach its destination at Murtala Muhammed Airport when it crashed into a fence separating two houses at 16A, Salvation Road.
The copter had three persons aboard and while two crew members died on the spot, the survivor in a critical condition died a few hours later at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
AIB in a statement released on Friday solicited the assistance of the general public to aid its investigation to unravel circumstances which led to the crash.
“We want the public to know that we would be amenable to receiving any video clip, relevant evidence, or information any members of the public may have of the accident; that can assist us with this investigation,” the Bureau said, imploring eyewitnesses to contact it through its social media platforms.
However, speaking in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Saturday morning, AIB General Manager, Public Affairs, Tunji Oketumbi, said, “It is not every aircraft that carries black boxes, especially helicopters, some of them have but some of them don’t have based on the manufacturer’s design. But in this case, the Bell 206-B3 helicopter did not carry any black box.
“A black box is just to show us the way and shorten the duration of investigation and narrow the process but we can still do investigation without it.
“Cockpit voice recorders document the conversation of the pilots but if we don’t have that, we still have the other components of the helicopter like the engine which will help in our investigation.”
Oketumbi added that a preliminary report on the possible cause of the crash would be released but urged the general public not to assume the cause of the accident until the report is released.

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Benitez’s Dalian Pro escape relegation in China

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images 2020 10 22T190547.613 Benitez’s Dalian Pro escape relegation in China

Rafael Benitez ’s Dalian Pro avoided relegation from the Chinese Super League on Thursday , despite winning just three times in 16 games this season.
The Champions League -winning coach breathed a sigh of relief after Dalian overturned a 2 -1 first-leg deficit to beat Shijiazhuang Ever Bright 3 – 2 on aggregate.
The former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss saw his side win 2 -0 on the evening , just their third victory in the coronavirus- disrupted campaign .
“ In this difficult situation , in this difficult year , we achieved something that was important for the young players and for the Wanda ( Dalian owners ) project , to stay in the Chinese Super League, ” said the 60 – year -old Spaniard.
The CSL revamped its format because of the pandemic, playing the delayed campaign in two secure “ bubbles” over two phases.
In the first phase , Dalian won twice in 14 matches in their group , putting them into a relegation dogfight .
Benitez, who took Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005 , has often said that he has the youngest team in the CSL .
He was also missing former Napoli star Marek Hamsik for the must -win match , but did have former Newcastle United striker Salomon Rondon .
“ This competition was very difficult because a knockout competition is very difficult for young players, ” he said .
“ So to achieve what we have achieved is great news for them for the future because they will have more experience now .”
Shijiazhuang can still save themselves from the drop with victory in the next round .
( AFP )

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Now is time to be a father, not Commander-In-Chief, Okotie urges Buhari

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images 2020 10 22T190307.511 Now is time to be a father, not Commander-In-Chief, Okotie urges Buhari

The Shepherd Superintendent of the Household of God Church , Rev Chris Okotie, has expressed support for the # EndSARS protests against police brutality rocking the nation .
The cleric also condemned the oppression of protesters by security operatives in the country including the attack on harmless youths at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday night.
Okotie, who said the demands of the youths were legitimate, urged the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd .) , to display his fatherly disposition now and not show himself as the Commander – In-Chief .
Nigerians have keenly waited to hear Buhari speak amidst the ensuing violence and tragedy that has greeted the # EndSARS protests in the last few days but the President was yet to address the nation .
The leadership of the National Assembly had also asked the President to address Nigerians and provide leadership amidst the crisis but no word has been heard directly from the retired major general in Aso Villa .
Okotie in his statement titled , ‘ Okotie Backs Protesters, Calls For Caution’ , said the demonstrations of the youths were not directed at any political party but has one objective which is to seek police reforms.
“ These young people are not rebellious dissidents . Rather they are emissaries of posterity . Galvanised by the indomitable spirit of the Nigerian psyche and the relentless cry of posterity , they have become veritable instruments in the hands of destiny to chart a realistic path for the Nigerian renaissance , ” the cleric said.
He added that “ Nigeria is about to be reborn ” with the way they youths have been calling for better governance .
“ I apply to the indulgence of Mr . President to please be a father now and not a Commander -In- Chief and treat this matter with conciliatory disposition; let compassion mitigate the sterner resolutions of your political oversight .
“ Please listen to the Nigerian Youth , no matter how discordant their voices may be . ”

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Buhari is coming up with solutions in few hours, says NSA

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images 2020 10 22T185846.545 Buhari is coming up with solutions in few hours, says NSA

The National Security Adviser , Major General Babagana Monguno ( retd .) , on Thursday said the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd .) , would come up with solutions to the current violence erupting in parts of the country “ in the next couple of hours .”
Although he did not disclose the nature of the solutions , he said they would be agreeable to all parties concerned .
Monguno disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of the National Security Council presided over by the President .
He said, “ The President himself , I have just left his office , is also going to deal with these issues in a specific manner apart from what has just taken place in council .
“ I believe in the next couple of hours , Mr President will come up with certain solutions that will be agreeable to the entire federation . ”
The NSA also did not disclose whether the President will announce the solutions through a national broadcast.
Details later … .

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