The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has said pilots of the crashed Associated Airline that killed 15 passengers ignored warning about the plane’s safety and engaged in argument before making for the sky.
Commissioner of the AIB Mukhtar Usman disclosed this while speaking at a news conference in Abuja yesterday, adding that according to review of the plane’s flight records, Captain Yakubu Abdulrahman received an automated signal ahead of take-off, which consisted of three chimes followed by “take-off flaps… take-off flaps.”
“This is a configuration warning that suggests that the flaps were not in correct position for take-off. And there is some evidence that the crew may have chosen not to use the flap for take-off,” Usman said.
He said the first Flight Officer had observed that the aircraft was moving slowly and advised the pilot to abort the take-off but was ignored by Captain Yakubu.
Usman also said that the “The crew discussed some concerns about the aircraft prior to departure but at this time we are not prepared to elaborate on those concerns as there remains a lot of work to do to complete on the CVR analysis in order to determine the specific nature of the crew’s concerns.”
It would be recalled that the Associated Airline aircraft conveying the remains of former Ondo State governor Segun Agagu crashed seconds after take-off, killing most of the 20 passengers on board including the pilot.