Wigwe chopper crash: US aviation administration speaks on investigation

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The United States federal aviation administration (FAA) says it will be a part of the investigations into the crash of a chopper that had Herbert Wigwe, group chief executive officer (GCEO) of Access Holdings Plc, on board.

 

TheCable understands that Wigwe, his wife and son were onboard the helicopter when it crashed in California near the Nevada border.

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Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the former group chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group), was also reported to be on the aircraft.

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FAA said the Eurocopter EC130 helicopter crashed around 10 p.m. California time (Saturday, 7 a.m. Nigerian time).

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According to KTLA 5 News, a US local media, the chopper took off from Palm Springs but it was not clear where it was headed.

 

There was a reported rain and a snowstorm in the area at the time of the crash with gusty winds raging as high as 45 mph.

 

FTN understands that two helicopters were flying towards the same direction at the time of the incident.

While one had Wigwe and his family on board, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Wigwe’s business partner and former Access bank CEO, and Tunde Folawiyo, business mogul, were reportedly aboard the second chopper.

KTLA 5 News added that a medical examiner was on the way to the scene to remove the bodies of the victims.

No survivors have been found so far.

FAA said the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be in charge of the investigation and will provide any updates.

 

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