Vice President Yemi Osinbajo took a private chopper for his trip to Kabba in Kogi State because the two functional choppers in the presidential fleet were engaged.
A source confirmed this to The Punch on Monday.
The chopper owned by Caverton Helicopters, which was carrying Osinbajo; Prof. Stephen Ocheni, the Minister of State for Labour; and 10 senior presidential officials had crash-landed on Saturday in Kabba.
“Actually, there are two functional helicopters in the Presidential Fleet. That is the information available right now. Those two choppers were already engaged on Saturday.
“For example, Mr President was away to Bauchi that same day and the two PAF choppers were engaged for that and other functions.
“It is not unusual that when the choppers are engaged and there is another equally important function to be executed, an alternative can be sought.
“This is not just about the VP, whenever there is the need for an alternative when the functional choppers are busy, this is done,” the source said.
The Accident Investigation Bureau on Sunday, confirmed that it had begun investigation into the accident. The AIB said investigators had been dispatched to the site of the crash in Kabba.