The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has said no occupants of its Helicopter, Bell 429 5NMDA which was involved in a controlled safe landing at the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi sustained injury.
The Police Helicopter which was flying from Abuja to Bauchi on Wednesday was earlier reported to have crashed in Bauchi state.
A statement sent to Daily Independent by CP Frank Mba, Force Spokesperson indicated that “The aircraft did not crash as being reported in some sections of the media and none of the occupants sustained any injury whatsoever. All six onboard including the pilot and co-pilot are in good condition.”
Similarly, the aircraft, which was flown by one of the best Police Pilots, was professionally safe-landed with minor damage on the rear rotor as a result of obstacles at the landing spot.
The incident was said to have occurred around 7:30 PM (local time).
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba has commended the Police Air-Wing for their professionalism in safe-landing the aircraft and averting any serious air-mishap.
He further noted that the Nigeria Police Air-wing – with a fleet of one fixed-wing aircraft, a citation jet and 13 helicopters – has got a strong history of air safety since its establishment in the year 1972.