Opebi helicopter crash: Third crew member dies in hospital

The Lagos State Government has confirmed the death of the last crew member in the helicopter that crashed in Opebi area of Ikeja, Lagos state.

Two crew members of the three in the Bell 206-3 helicopter belonging to Quorum Aviation, had died instantly when the helicopter crashed into a building at Salvation Road, Opebi, Ikeja on Friday.

The last crew member, who sustained injuries, was rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH and placed on Intensive Care Unit.

However, the Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Femi Oke-Osanyintolu disclosed he lost his life in the hospital.

With this, the three crew member on board the helicopter coming from Port Harcourt to Lagos have lost their lives.

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Earlier, Oke-Osnyintolu had said that the Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, had retrieved the black box, saying that the Bureau had also transported the wreck of the aircraft to their office for further investigations.

He said the agency received distress calls concerning a privately operated helicopter that crashed into 16 A Salvation Road, Opebi, Ikeja and immediately activated the emergency response plan.

In his words: “The Accident Investigation Bureau has retrieved the black box and transported the wreck of the aircraft to their office for further investigations.

‘The affected buildings will be subjected to integrity testing while the entire area will be fumigated.

“Members of the public are advised to remain calm and be assured of Mr Governor’s commitment to the safety of life and property within Lagos State.  Updates will follow on from the result of the investigation.”

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