The Bureau received notification of the accident on the 24th of March, 2008 in the morning and investigators were promptly dispatched to Port Harcourt on the same day.
The helicopter took off from the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) base Port Harcourt, Rivers State on a training flight to Bonny airstrip on Monday morning, the 24th of March, 2008. At 50 feet, during the demonstration of Class B landing by the training captain for runway 28, the helicopter experienced a sudden drop in height. The helicopter hit the ground nine meters short of the runway.
There was no fatality, but damage to the nose wheels, the left main landing gear forward structure and the tail guard.