A helicopter belonging to Bristow Helicopter crashed into the Oworosoki end of the Lagos lagoon.
A helicopter crashed yesterday crashed into the Oworosoki end of the Lagos lagoon. It was reported that twelves passengers were on board when the helicopter crashed.
The helicopter crash took place behind the King’s palace at Oworonsoki, Lagos, reported a rescue official.
After some investigations, it was found out that the helicopter with registration number 5N-BDG-760540 was owned by Bristow Helicopters.
The helicopter which was allegedly coming from Escravos in Delta State, exploded before crashing into the lagoon.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has succeeded in rescuing six of the passengers. The Lagos State Fire and Safety Services was also on ground in the rescue operations. The rescued victims were rushed to the Gbagada General Hospital and Afolabi Medical Centre in Oworonsoki.
Unfortunately, four of the passengers in the crash have been confirmed dead and their bodies recovered. Two passengers are still missing.
Speaking to THISDAY, the South-west Spokesperson for NEMA, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the casualties. He said when the primary and secondary responders got to the site, four corpses were recovered, while an all-night search will go on to rescue two other persons who remained unaccounted for.
He said to THISDAY REPORTERS that:
As we speak, we don’t know the identities of the deceased persons. We are waiting for the manifest to identify them.
Search and rescue operations continue until all the bodies are recovered. Meanwhile, we are yet to ascertain why the helicopter crashed.
Dr Felix Abali, an official of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) told reporters that:
Twelve souls were believed to be on board. There were casualties and survivors. It was a Bristow Helicopter on approach to landing in Lagos.
Reacting to the crash, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, commiserated with the victims over the unfortunate incident.