Probe commences into Vice-President’s Caverton Helicopter crash

Investigation has commenced to ravel the cause of An Augusta AW139 Helicopter in which Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was travelling crashed in Kaaba, Kogi State.

 The aircraft is under management by Caverton Helicopters and crashed as a result of unusual weather conditions according to the Managing Director/Accountable Officer of Caverton Helicopters, Capt. Josiah Choms.

. Choms, in a statement said there were no injuries to the passengers or crew on-board and they were all quickly and safely evacuated.

His words, “The relevant authorities have been duly informed and an investigation into the incident has commenced. We will, of course, support the authorities as required”.

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 “We wish to reassure the public and our various stakeholders of our unwavering commitment to safety in all of our operations”.

 The AgustaWestland AW139 is a 15-seat medium-sized twin-engined helicopter developed and produced principally by Augusta Westland.

It is marketed at several different roles, including VIP/corporate transport, offshore transport, firefighting, law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medical service, disaster relief, and maritime patrol.

In addition to AgustaWestland’s own manufacturing facilities in Italy and the United States, the AW139 is produced in Russia by HeliVert, a joint venture between AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters.
The AW139 was originally designed and developed jointly by Agusta and Bell Helicopters and marketed as the Agusta-Bell AB139, being redesignated AW139 when Bell withdrew from the project.

Since entering service in 2003, the AW139 has become one of AgustaWestland’s most influential products; it has been subsequently developed into two enlarged medium-lift helicopters, the military-orientated AW 149and the AW189 the civil market.

Wole Shadare