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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153122
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Time:c. 02:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic B412 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell 412EP
Owner/operator:Pan African Airlines
Registration: 5N-BDZ
MSN: 36278
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near SEDCO Energy Rig Platform -   Nigeria
Phase: En route
Departure airport:SEDCO Energy offshore installation
Destination airport:Port Harcourt via Funiwa
Investigating agency: AIB Nigeria
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On 25th July, 2004 at about 00:00 hrs, a Bell 412EP helicopter operated by Pan African Airlines Nigeria Limited, departed Port Harcourt on a medical evacuation flight to SEDCO Energy Rig platform with a reported visibility of 100m in fog. The helicopter landed at SEDCO Rig platform at 01:15 hrs and commenced refuelling but was unable to lift the required amount of fuel due to a defective fuel dispenser on the Rig. The helicopter departed SEDCO Rig Platform with two crew members, one patient and one medical attendant, with a plan to make a technical stop in Funiwa to refuel before proceeding to Port Harcourt.
Less than five minutes after the helicopter lifted off from SEDCO Energy Platform, the radio operator received a brief and unclear message from the helicopter. The radio operator tried to establish contact with the helicopter but there was no response.
Relevant agencies were immediately notified, and a search and rescue mission launched by Chevron Nigeria Limited, Pan Ocean Limited, and Pan African Airlines.
The estimated time of the accident was 02:30 hrs.

Causal Factor:
The Accident Investigation Bureau could not conclusively determine the cause of this accident.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIB Nigeria
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 14 years and 3 months
Download report: Final report
Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 2018-007 issued 22 October 2018 by AIB Nigeria to Nigeria CAA

Revision history:

07-Feb-2013 06:26 TB Added
20-Sep-2014 15:28 Aerossurance Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Oct-2018 19:21 harro Updated [Time, Location, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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