Owners of the ill-fated helicopter that crashed into a building this afternoon, August 27, at Opeibi area of Ikeja, Lagos, Quorum Aviation Limited, has identified the three victims of the accident, saying that all of them were crew members on board. The company did not, however, give the names and identities of the victims.
Revealing this in a statement, Friday, August 27, the company said, “As soon as we received news of the accident, we promptly informed the aviation authorities: Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
“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.”
The statement further said: “In accordance with aviation regulations, the AIB has taken over the investigation progress. We hereby ask members of the public to remain calm and await the outcome of the investigation.
“Meanwhile, we hereby express our heartfelt condolences to the families of the crew who lost their loved ones in this tragic accident.”
It would be recalled that a helicopter, Bell 206, with registration number 5N-BQW, now discovered to belong to Quorum Aviation Ltd, had, at 12:28pm, crashed into a building at 16A, Salvation Road, Opeibi, Ikeja, Lagos, crushing the fence bordering the building and the adjoining premises, including some parked cars, among other properties.
Meanwhile, the third crew member earlier hospitalized, according to grapevine, has been reportedly in coma ever since and battling with death.
- Pix: Scene of the crash