Offshore Helicopter Crash Black Box Found By Investigators

Published at 12:20PM - 16/08/15

Nigerian authorities investigating last weeks offshore helicopter crash, in which 6 people died, have confirmed the aircraft’s back box has been found.

Nigeria’s Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) made the statement in a release to the press, in which it claimed ‘The search party led by Julius Berger with the assistance of a hired diver located the recorders’.

Tunji Oketunbi, head of AIB public affairs had previously said “The biggest part of the wreckage of the ill fated aircraft was recovered yesterday but without the black boxes’.

The Bristow operated flight was believed to be returning from the Transocean offshore drilling rig, the ‘SEDCO Express’, when it crashed around 5 miles (8km) south east of its final destination- Lagos International Airport.

Both pilots and 4 passengers were killed out of a total of 12 onboard.

The Nigerian AIB, said the flight data recorders will be able to assist them in their investigation into the Sikorsky 76C+ accident, as it will be able to provide information on the aircrafts avionics, engine information as well as voice recordings between the pilots prior to the crash.

The AIB has refused to say whether or not any distress signal or radio transmission was sent to air traffic control prior to the crash.

Bristow has also relaxed a statement saying that it will not be able to release the names of the four passengers killed, as families are still being informed and that releasing information prior to the is against  International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annexe 13.

Bristow Helicopters have since restarted offshore fights through its Nigerian operations.