14-Mar-12 5N-POL Bell 427 Rukuba, Nigeria (12K)

While on “routine aerial patrol” the helicopter crashed into a residential area.  Reports vary as to number of fatalities, but general consensus is 7 in the helicopter and 5 on the ground.  Nigerian Police press release names four in the helicopter –  DIG Haruna John the DIG In-charge of Operations, ACP Garba Yalwa – Pilot, CSP Alexander Pwol-Ja co-pilot and Sgt Sonatian Shirunam – orderly.  One newspaper reports only a pig killed on the ground!

Date
March 14, 2012
Reg
5N-POL
Make
Bell
Model
B427
MSN
56035
Location
Rukuba - a suburb of Jos, Plateau State
Country
Nigeria
CivilMilitary
Civil
Operator
Nigerian-Police
Link 1
http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2012/03/14/just-in-top-police-officers-including-dig-john-harun-die-in-helicopter-crash-in-jos/
Link 2
http://leadership.ng/nga/articles/19304/2012/03/15/aib_dispatches_investigators_scene_helicopter_crash.html
Link 3
http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/index.php/news/76-hot-topic/34468-fg-orders-probe-into-police-helicopter-crash

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