Fire outbreak at start-up: Bristow Helicopters Sikorsky 5N-BOA, 5N-BOA, MMA Lagos, 27th February 2013


  • Report No
  • Reg. No
  • Operator
    Bristow Helicopters Nigeria Limited
  • Aircraft Type
    Sikorsky S-92
  • Occurence
    Serious Incident
  • Report Date
    Monday, March 13, 2017


Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) was notified of the Incident at about 0815hrs on 27th of February, 2013 and Investigators were dispatched immediately to the Incident site and thus investigation into the incident began same day. All relevant authorities were notified.

At about 0715hrs, 5N-BOA, S-92 Helicopter with eight passengers onboard was about to request for taxi clearance, when the crew perceived a burning smell in the cockpit. A ground personnel on the ramp was also seen waving his hands in an urgent manner, indicative of a problem. The co-pilot saw a bit of smoke from his top left window, even though there was no indication of engine or any other fire in the cockpit, but the crew agreed that there was fire. The crew carried out an emergency engine shutdown and waited for the rotor to come to a stop before evacuating the passengers. The standby fire extinguisher was used to put off the fire by ground personnel, the fire only lasted few seconds.

Both crew members deplaned without any injuries to them or to the passengers.

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