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Bayelsa Crashed Helicopter’ Pilot Made Several Attempts To Avert The Tragedy – Investigators

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Dec 17, 2012 – Bayelsa Crashed Helicopter’ Pilot Made Several Attempts To Avert The Tragedy – Investigators

Detail facts emerged yesterday on the Nigerian Navy Augusta Helo 07 helicopter which crashed in Bayelsa State on Saturday, killing six people on board including Kaduna State Gov. Patrick Yakowa and former National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Andrew Azazi. The pilot, Commander Muritala Mohammed Daba, made futile attempts to save the occupants of the helicopter before it crashed and burst into flames.

He was said to have struggled to land the helicopter at a cleared site in the forest, only for the wing of the chopper to hit a palm tree, forcing it to land with its nose and burst into flames. At the crash site on Sunday, there was evidence of pilot’s efforts to land, but for the palm tree which aborted the attempt. Daba, who is also from Kaduna State and Lt. Adeyemi Sowole from Ogun State, attached to the Flying unit of the Navy, Warri, were some of the finest officers in the force, according to mourning colleagues.

They described the deceased officers as highly professional and competent, who take their job seriously as they are always available to offer service. The two late officers were sighted last Thursday at the briefing of Operation Seiotu Daupamo of the Central Naval Command which is to commence today. They were in very high spirits and even cracked jokes with the journalists who attended the briefing. Sowole, in an attempt to clarify an issue to journalists, brought out his Ipad to convince them on the point he was making.

The Central Naval Command is already in a mournful mood as the officers and men are still in shock over the death of the duo. Meanwhile, a last minute offer by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State to the late Governor Yakowa would have saved his life. According to an aide of the governor, Dickson offered Yakowa a ride to Yenagoa and a possible brief hosting before departing for Kaduna but was told the late governor had a brief speech to give at the occasion before his departure.

“The governor was shocked when he learnt few hours later that their copter had crashed. He was more shocked that they were burnt in the explosion that followed the crash. It is really sad.” In his last public speech before his death, Yakowa was full of praises for Jonathan’s Special Adviser, Oronto Douglas, describing his (Oronto’s) late father as a man that had given birth to a son that has been involved in peace and unifying effort between the North and South. He was also quoted as advising political leaders to live a good life.




  1. baron

    December 17, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    May their souls rip

  2. agbonmagbe ola daniel

    December 17, 2012 at 7:03 AM

    May there gentle soul rest in perfect peace in jesus name . May thy lord give their families the fortitude to bear the lost

  3. mercy

    December 17, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    May thr souls rest in peace

  4. bruno

    December 17, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    Kaduna State late Governor Yakowa had no business being in that burial apart from political sycophancy. Most PDP state Governors are involved in this high level sycophancy for personal gainful interest protection. Less corruption, less galivanting. I see no reason why he did not take the offer by Seriake Dickson his colleague in Bayelsa for a ride to Yenegoa, apart from this political hobnobbing to the center. That is wanting to please the President’s men to get the attention of the President for personal and not state favours. There are too many lessons we are not learning from, that is why we learn through the hard way always. Yakowa + Azazi in one chopper whaoo! That was a political assasins scoop! PDP! Power to some people!

    • Okhaso Akhihbe

      December 17, 2012 at 11:36 PM

      Bruno, u talk as if you have no brains. Colleagues all over the world attend each others functions. If you’ve got anything to rejoice or celebrate who would be there for you?

  5. jackson ukpong

    December 17, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    so so sad may they rest in the bossom of their faith.

  6. kulisky

    December 17, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Rest in Perfect Peace Baba Kaduna of 2012

  7. Vincent oliver

    December 17, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Hmmmm……….wat a sad tragedy……well may their soul rest in perfact peace Amen!!!

  8. Hephzibah

    December 17, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    What is spoilt, is spoilt. Am just feeling for the poor widows. It wont b easy for them & before u know inlaws without conscience will come & hijack what’s left cos they dont have sense. Na propety b their wahala. God help us

  9. Endurance nkanga

    December 17, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Let Governor yakowa oh the man of peace the man of careing the man that loving everybody.let are rest in peace

  10. Ojujusarando

    December 17, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    These are the issues oh!!!! One report said the plane burst into flames before crashing…..this is saying it crashed and burst into flames!!!!!! It is well o Naija!!!!!

  11. folarin ibi2oye

    December 18, 2012 at 7:06 AM

    I extend my condolence to their families.Its my prayer that God gives them the fortitude to bear the loss.amen

  12. prince onengiye amachree

    December 18, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    I extend my condolence to their families.Its my prayer that God gives them the fortitude to bear the loss.amen

  13. Oluyi

    December 18, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Dat is all about life.,tym to sow and tym to reap.,may their gentle souls rest in perfect peace

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