Two die as helicopter crashes in Lagos, AIB begins investigation

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed on Friday that two persons died in a helicopter that crashed at Opebi in Ikeja, Lagos.

The Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the development in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

He said that the crash occurred at No. 16, Salvation Road in Opebi, north of Lagos.

“One person was rescued alive and two persons died, including the pilot” Farinloye said.

Meanwhile, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Nigeria, says it has commenced investigation into the accident.

Mr Tunji Oketunbi, General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB Nigeria, confirmed the development in a statement in Lagos on Friday.

“We have began investigation into the accident involving a Helicopter Bell 206B3 with the Nationality registration Marks 5N-BQW operated by Quorum Aviation coming from Port Harcourt to Lagos.

“The accident which occurred on the Aug. 28 at the Opebi Area of Ikeja, Lagos, with three passengers onboard, recorded two fatalities.

“As the investigating agency, AIB needs and hereby solicits for your assistance. We want the public to know that we would be amenable to receiving any video clip.

“We will also need other relevant evidence, or information any members of the public may have of the accident; that can assist us with this investigation,” he said.

Oketumbi urged the public to contact the bureau on its official communication channels:Mobile App: AIB-NWebsite: @aibnigeriaInstagram @AIB_Nigeria

He said others were on Facebook: AIB NigeriaEmail: [email protected]/WhatsApp: +234807 709 0900, 0807 709 0928

Oketumbi said the bureau would appreciate the general public and media to respect the privacy of the people involved and not to assume the cause of the accident until formal report was released. (NAN)

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