The third crew member in the helicopter that crashed into a building at Opebi, Lagos State, has died.
The spokesperson for the Accident Investigation Bureau, Mr Tunji Oketunmbi, confirmed this on Friday.
He said, “I am already telling you that. I confirm to you that the third person has died.”
With this, all three crew members in the helicopter are dead.
It was gathered that the copter dropped from the sky around 12 noon and crashed into a residential building on Salvation Road in the Opebi area.
The Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Nosa Okunbor, has confirmed the incident.
“Yes, it just happened. The helicopter crashed in Opebi around 12pm. LASEMA operatives are on our way to the incident site. I’ll give you more updates,” he said.
In an update, LASEMA General Manager, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said two persons died in the crash while another was injured and has been rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.
Oke-Osanyintolu said, “The agency received distress calls concerning a privately operated helicopter that crashed into 16A Salvation Road, Opebi, Ikeja and immediately activated the emergency response plan.
According to a press statement from the Accident Investigation Bureau, the chopper was bound for Lagos from Port-Harcourt.
AIB in its press statement also promised to commence an investigation into the accident which had three passengers aboard.
Quorum Aviation had confirmed that those involved in the accident are its crew members.
It added that two died while the third crew member had been placed in the Intensive Care Unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.
The third victim did not make it out alive, a source at LASUTH also confirmed.
An earlier statement from the chopper did not give the names of the victims.
Part of the statement read, “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.”