Caverton Crash: ART frowns at VP being flown by foreign pilot

The Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ART) has frowned at the fact that the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo was flown by a foreign pilot on a Helicopter owned and operated by Caverton which crash landed in Kabba, Kogi State last Saturday with twelve (12) passengers on board .

The ART in a statement signed on its behalf by Mr Olumide Ohunayo said It is embarrassing to see the Vice President of Nigeria being flown by a foreign pilot whether contracted or chartered in a Nigerian Police helicopter as noticed in a previous flight during the campaign season.

The body noted that the development is a slap on the huge human resource of pilots Nigeria has in abundance.

The ART deeply expressed concern about the management of security of the Vice President.

According to ART: “We are deeply concerned about the management of security of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is embarrassing to see the Vice President of Nigeria being flown by a foreign pilot whether contracted or chartered in a Nigerian Police helicopter as noticed in a previous flight during these campaign season.
It is a slap on the huge human resource of pilots Nigeria has in abundance”.

Joining other Nigerians in thanking God for sparing the lives of the Vice President and members of his team on board the Agusta AW139 with registration number: 5N-PEJ and serial number : 31389 owned and operated by Caverton Helicopters, the body expressed concern about the preparation made for the landing of the helicopter in that area and the crowd that surged towards the helicopter after the crash.

The ART while waiting for the AIB report of the accident, observed that if there had been fire, the country would have experienced some casualties.

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