The victims of the helicopter crash which occurred today, Friday, August 28, 2020; in Opebi, Lagos, have been identified.
Specifically, the victims of the helicopter crash were identified by Quorum Aviation.
Equally important, Quorum Aviation is the company which owns the ill-fated helicopter involved in the crash. 1st News had earlier reported that the helicopter crashed into the wall housing a residential building at 16aA Salvation Road, Opebi, Ikeja at about 12:30pm.
Subsequently, Quorum Aviation has disclosed that three persons were involved in the helicopter crash. Furthermore, it revealed that the three victims were all crew members. However, the aviation company refrained from disclosing the names of the crew members.
Quorum Aviation made this known in a press statement released to the media on Friday.
“As soon as we received news of the accident, we promptly informed the aviation authorities; Accident Investigation Bureau and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. 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.
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“We have been made to understand that nobody in the building; nor in the vicinity was injured for which we are grateful.
“In accordance with aviation regulations, the AIB has taken over the investigation process. We hereby ask members of the public to await the outcome of the investigation. We hereby express our heartfelt condolences to the families of the crew who lost their loved ones in this tragic accident.”
Meanwhile, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has reacted to the unfortunate development. Sanwo-Olu, who expressed condolences to the families of the victims, held that Opebi remains safe for business.
Further, he promised that the state government would work with all the relevant Federal Government agencies to unravel the remote and immediate cause of the accident so as to prevent a recurrence.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile on Friday.
“There is nothing to fear as men and officers of the State emergency services were promptly deployed to the scene of the crash and they had brought everything under control. The environment is also safe and secure,” the statement added.