Two dead as helicopter crashes into Lagos building

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Two dead as helicopter crashes into Lagos building

The incident occurred at about 12. 17pm, at Salvation Road, Opebi, Lagos.

Panic has enveloped Opebi area, Ikeja, Lagos as a helicopter Bell 206 with registration number 5N-BQW belonging to Quorum Aviation has crashed into a building in the area.

The incident occurred at about 12. 30pm, at 16A Salvation Road, Opebi, Lagos.

But the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said rescuers are on their way to the scene.

The cause of the crash is yet to be ascertained at the time this report was filed.

Nosa Okunbor, the spokesperson of LASEMA, reported that the Accident Investigation Bureau will determine the cause.

“They will be the ones to come up with their report after a forensic investigation into the cause of the crash.

“They have retrieved the Blackbox and it is in their custody. After examining the pilot’s last moment before the crash and tell what transpired.”

The reporter who was at the scene of the crash gathered that there was no casualty in the neighbourhood, asides from visible damage to the fence of the crashed building and the car parked in the compound.

“The casualty is between the three occupants of the helicopter. We are yet to identify the two dead passengers. We don’t know whether one of them is the pilot. One is in critical condition at the General Hospital Lagos,” Mr Okunbor said.

Residents react

Some residents in the area expressed shock over the crash, thanking God for saving their lives.

Grace Awolaja, a resident, told NAN that it was shocking and surprising to experience such an unexpected incident.

According to Mrs Awolaja, the helicopter was seen hovering in the sky for some minutes before crashing into the building.

“We thank God that nobody was affected in the building but l learnt that the pilot and two people died,’’ Awolaja said.

Another resident, Saliu Bamidele, suggested that engine seizure might be responsible for the crash.

Mr Bamidele said that the helicopter crashed at the back of house No. 16, Salvation Road, damaging two cars and the fence of the building.


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