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Helicopter crash: Wreckage evacuated for further investigation, black box not seen yet…AIB

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…..two out of three onboard dead

Part of the wreckage of the helicopter being evacuated

Residents of Salvation road Opebi in Lagos are still in shock over the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of two of the three persons onboard the helicopter.

The crash was reported to have occurred at about 12pm today.

The helicopter operated by Quorum Aviation crashed into a fence separating two houses and the crash caused damage to the fence and cars parked inside the compound.

The helicopter according to witnesses hovered for some minutes before it came down and residents rushed in to save the occupants of the helicopter.

Unfortunately, the residents say due to the impact of the crash, the pilot and one of the the passengers died immediately while the third person was rushed to the hospital in a critical condition.
There was a mammoth crowd at the scene of the crash trying to catch a gleams of the wreckage of the ill-fated helicopter belonging to  Quorum Aviation.

The helicopter was on its way from port Harcourt to Lagos when the accident happened.
Speaking to journalists after going through the wreckage, the Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB head of the investigation of the crash, Anthony Diepreye said many things could be responsible for the crash, adding that they were yet to find the black box if there was one.
“We have not seen the black box if there is any, this kind of accident could be caused by so many things, the Investigation will look at different situation and tell us what happened.”

An officer of the Air Navigation Standards, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Mr. Ahmed Aba said the AIB should be allowed to do their work and come out with safety recommendations.
“We will wait for AIB to do a thorough Investigation and the NCAA will there after implement whatever safety recommendations that they make.”

General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Mr. Femi Oseyintolu said the affected buildings would be tested to ensure they were safe to live and fumigate the areas and ensure that the residents were adequately protected adding that the Chairman of the Local Government had been informed about the development.

“We are going to carryout material testing on all the buildings here, we are going to fumigate this place and ensure the safety of the people in here.”

The wreckage of the helicopter has been removed from the crash site for further investigation by the AIB.
Meanwhile, in a statement signed by the Quorum Aviation Management, appeals to the public to await the outcome of the AIB report and be patient while the investigation us on.
“Preliminary reports indicate that of the three souls on board – all crew, 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.

“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 hereby express our heartfelt condolences to the families of the crew who lost their loved ones in this tragic accident.”
The AIB also in a statement solicits the assistance of the public. “We want the public to know that we would be amenable to receiving any video clip, relevant evidence, or information any members of the public may have of the accident; that can assist us with this investigation.”

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