Preliminary report by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has revealed that there was no fuel left in the tanks of Bell 206B 111 Helicopter, which crashed on Friday, August 28, 2020, at Opebi area of Ikeja, Lagos.
Initial findings released by the bureau on Monday said that the helicopter with the registration number: 5N-BQW operated by Quorum Aviation Limited had 3:15 minutes endurance fuel, while the estimated flight time was 2:45hrs.
According to the report, rather than the 2:45hrs of estimated flight time to Lagos from Port Harcourt, the aircraft crashed at 2:59hrs, indicating 14 minutes behind estimated time.
Besides, it was not clear how the fuel, which ought to last for 3:15hrs could be empty at 2:59hrs of the flight.
The report released to aviation journalists by the bureau indicated that the aircraft had no fuel jettisoning capability.
The report expatiated that the helicopter was topped to full tank capacity on August 27, 2020, stressing that after refuelling, 10 minutes of engine run and 20 minutes of test flight were carried out the same day in Port Harcourt.
The report said: “The helicopter has an endurance of 3:24hrs. The operational flight plan filed by the pilot indicated an endurance of 3:15hrs and an estimated flight time of 2:45hrs. The helicopter engine was started at 09:15hrs.
“The helicopter took off at 09:20hrs. The helicopter crashed at 12:14hrs. There was no fuel left in the fuel tanks after the crash. The mast and main rotor blades were found intact during the post-crash inspection.”