A helicopter operated by Bristow Helicopter Company in Lagos has crashed into the Atlantic Ocean as it was approaching the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.
A spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye disclosed that his agency got a distress call this......
morning and immediately alerted the Nigerian Navy and officers of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to engage in search and rescue.
The chopper which had eleven passengers on board with a pilot and a cabin crew member sank shortly after the crash. All persons on board were rescued by combined efforts of Navy and NIMASA officials who arrived the scene of the crash on time.
Today's incident follows a crash of another Bristow chopper into the Lagos lagoon in the Oworosoki area in August 2015, six people died in the crash.
A statement issued by Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited, said that one of its helicopters was involved in a “water landing” near Lagos at about 10.25 a.m. local time on return from an offshore platform.
“All the eleven souls on board including two crew members were rescued alive,” he said, adding that the Accident Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Aviation has commenced an investigation of the incident.
The 13 persons on board comprised two crew members and nine passengers. Bristow Helicopters, which owns another similar craft which crashed last August, resulting in six deaths, says it is currently collecting information pertinent to today’s crash and will release more details when they are available.
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