IRS plane crash: Investigation to be handled by Niger Republic

A Fokker 100 with registration number 5NSIK, belonging to the IRS airline, lost contact with the control tower at Ganla, Niger Republic, and crashed.

The Acting Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Benedict Adeyileka, said on Monday that investigation into the crashed IRS aircraft was being handled by Niger Republic.

He disclosed this while briefing aviation correspondents at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

A Fokker 100 with registration number 5NSIK, belonging to the IRS airline, lost contact with the control tower at Ganla, Niger Republic, and crashed.

He noted that the Accident Investigation and Prevention Bureau (AIPB) and the NCAA would provide assistance in the course of the investigation.

“As soon as we have an update on the pilot, we will let you know. The investigation is being handled by the Niger Republic because it is within their territory.

“The NCAA and the AIPB are offering assistance, so we have a team together and we are trying to contact them so that we can work together,” he said.

The director-general, however, said that the important thing was that the crash did not occur within the Nigerian airspace.

(NAN)


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