Two yet-to-be-identified persons lost their lives on Friday when a helicopter crashed into a building on Salvation Road, in the Ikeja area of Lagos State.

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.”

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