Controlled Flight Into Terrain: Nigeria Police Force Bell 427 Helicopter, 5N-POL, Kabong, Jos, 14th March 2012


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  • Operator
    Nigeria Police Force
  • Aircraft Type
    Bell 427 Helicopter
  • Occurence
  • Report Date
    Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) was notified by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) at about 1400hrs on 14th March 2012, of an accident involving a Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Bell 427 helicopter with registration number 5N-POL at Landir Village in Kabong, Jos. Investigators were dispatched to the crash site the same day. The helicopter 5N-POL was operated by the NPF and was registered under the private category with the NCAA. All relevant stakeholders were notified.

On Tuesday 13th March, 2012, the flight originated from Abuja airport to Jos Prison Service football field as a ferry flight. The purpose of the flight was to convey the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Operations from Jos to Abuja. The aircraft had initial contact with Jos Control Tower at 1350hrs en-route and reported ETA to be 1400hrs.

The following day, 14th March 2012 at 0930hrs, a police fuel bowser that had arrived Jos from Abuja the previous day, fuelled the aircraft which had been parked overnight at the Jos Prison football field. At 0958hrs, two-way communication was established between the helicopter and ATC. The pilot reported endurance of two hours, five persons on board, maintaining an altitude of 4000ft, and that it was a patrol flight around Jos city. The pilot also reported that he would be landing at the Police Headquarters, Jos and would call the Control Tower when re-joining for another patrol. The helicopter landed at the Nigeria Prisons Service football field, Jos (customarily used as a landing site for the Police Headquarters, Jos) at 1058hrs.

At about 1150hrs, the helicopter lifted up with four persons on board including the DIG. The Control Tower was notified at about 1155hrs of the helicopter’s crash at Landir village, Kabong area near Jos metropolis and that all four persons on board were fatally injured.

The accident occurred in daylight at a coordinate of N09°55.229, E008°51.853.

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