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02-Feb-19 5N-CML Leonardo AW139 Kabba, Nigeria

Helicopter was carrying Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osibanjo and his aides, none of whom were seriously injured.  There was a total of 12 POB including crew.  Brown out on approach was contributory to the end result – helicopter on its starboard side.

 

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03-Feb-16 5N-BQJ Sikorsky S76C++ off Lagos, Nigeria

Ditched into the sea shortly after take off from offshore installation.  All nine passengers and two crew safely rescued

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12-Aug-15 5N-BGD Sikorsky S76C Oworonshoki, Nigeria (6F)

Crashed into Lagos Lagoon, on approach to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at Lagos.Names were released by the AIB and published by Vanguard:-

  • 6 recovered,named as Joshua Emekeme, Dolu Ebiejuara, Onoriode Onojete, Solomon Udeh, Iniala Opaimi, Chukwudi Onah
  • 6 fatalities, named as pilot Peter Bello co-pilot Jay Wyatt, Chukwuma Erise, Chidi Ukwunta, Ita Ekpeyong, and Chis Abua

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10-Apr-15 5N-GEJ Bell 412EP Lagos, Nigeria

Nigerian Police helicopter crashed at the main Lagos Airport close to the VIP area. Helicopter may be used for presidential work and has been referred to in some reports as a “presidential helicopter”. 4 POB – pilot, copilot and two NAF employees – all injured but not seriously

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21-Jul-14 Mil Mi-35P Bama, Nigeria (1F)

A Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 Helicopter on a training mission crashed, reportedly due to a technical fault – although some reports suggest the involvement of insurgents in Borno State.

Initial reports stated one dead, one survived, one missing presumed dead – but the latter trekked through the bush and back to base

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20-Mar-14 5N-BGP Eurocopter AS332L1 Port Hardcourt, Nigeria

Heavily damaged in hangar fire.  A second Super Puma was also damaged in the same fire

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20-Mar-14 5N-BNC Eurocopter AS332L2 Port Hardcourt, Nigeria

Substantially damaged in hangar fire.  A second Super Puma was destroyed in the same fire

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17-May-13 Sambisa, Nigeria

Militants hit a JTF helicopter with anti-aircraft weapons during combat operations.

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09-May-13 Mil Mi-24 Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Emergency landing on training flight due to tail rotor failure.  No injuries

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15-Dec-12 07 AgustaWestland AW109E Okoroba, Nigeria (6F)

Six killed including  the Governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa and former National Security Adviser, Gen. Andrew Owoeye Azazi. Aircraft was involved in shuttle operations transporting people to/from the funeral of the father of Oronto Douglas, one of the President’s aides.  Airframe total time 1704 hours according to this report

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27-Oct-12 Bell 206L4 Offshore Nigeria

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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!

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29-Jul-11 5N-BKA Eurocopter AS350B2 Ife-Odan, Nigeria (3F)

The chairman/chief executive of Bacita Sugar Company Josephine Oluwadamilola Kuteyi, her personal assistant Adedoyin Ogunbanjo and their Filipino pilot were killed after impacting terrain.

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02-Mar-11 Abule-Odo, Nigeria

Reported by the general media as “engine problems” and an unplanned landing made.  The two dignitories on board – Representatives, Mr. Dimeji Bankole; and Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel – were not injured

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26-Jan-10 06 AgustaWestland A109E Mmiri Ochiochi, Nigeria (4F)

Eyewitnesses reported seeing the helicopter in an obvious difficulty when one of its doors followed by a rotor blade falling off from the sky. They said they watched the helicopter going on a free spin before a loud bang followed apparently when it eventually crashed killing all four on board

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26-Jan-10 06 AgustaWestland AW109E Isiokpo, Nigeria (4F)

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11-Dec-09 5N-BKJ Eurocopter AS332 Agbami oilfield, Nigeria

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12-Nov-09 5N-… Bell 412 Addax, Nigeria (2 of 2)

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21-Oct-09 5N-BIC Bell 407 nr Calabar, Nigeria

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23-Feb-09 Tebidaba area in the Niger Delta, Nigeria

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03-Aug-07 5N-BIQ Bell 412EP Eket, Nigeria (1F)

Very heavy landing on unauthorised flight.  Pilot died from his injuries

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11-Nov-2006 5N-BHU Eurocopter AS350B2 Warri, Nigeria (1F)

One person died and three others were critically injured when a helicopter on a chartered flight crashed near the southwestern Nigerian oil city of Warri.  The helicopter was reported to be modifying its flight plan on account of bad weather in Port Harcourt before losing contact with air traffic controllers. It ran into high-tension power cables

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