The third crew member in the helicopter that crashed into a building at Opebi, Lagos State, has died.
Spokesperson for the Accident Investigation Bureau, Mr Tunji Oketunmbi, confirmed this on Friday. He said, “I am already telling you that. I confirm to you that the third person has died.”
With this, all three crew members in the helicopter are dead. Earlier, a Bell 206-3 with registration number 5N-BQW belonging to Quorum Aviation crashed into a wall between two buildings at 16 A Salvation Road, Opebi, Ikeja at 12:30 pm.
A statement released by Quorum Company, owners of the helicopter, said the three victims were crew members. The company said that the light helicopter with registration Number 5N-BQW was flying from Port-Harcourt to Lagos before it crashed. It also stated that nobody in the building was hurt or injured in the unfortunate incident.
“As soon as we received news of the accident, we promptly informed the aviation authorities, Accident Investigation Bureau AIB and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
“However, prior reports revealed that of the three souls on board, two of the crew members lost their lives whilst the third one is currently receiving treatment at a hospital.
“We have been made to understand that nobody in the building, nor in the vicinity was injured for which we are grateful. Also, in accordance with aviation regulations, the AIB has taken over the investigation process. We hereby ask members of the public to await the outcome of the investigation.
“We also express our heartfelt condolences to the families of the crew who lost their loved ones in this tragic and unfortunate accident,” the statement said.
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