A helicopter belonging to Bristow Group crashed on Wednesday while heading to Lagos from Port Harcourt, Rivers state, but it has been confirmed that no one died in the incident.
According to the spokesperson of the Accident Investigations Bureau, Tunji Oketunbi, all crew members and passengers aboard the helicopter survived the accident.
Mr. Oketunbi stated that, ” A S76 C++ helicopter marked 5N-BQJ belonging to Bristow Helicopters, which departed ERHA Platform enroute Lagos was ditched into the Atlantic Ocean 95 nautical miles into destination at about 10:20am local time.
“All the eleven souls on board including two crew members were rescued alive. Accident Investigation Bureau AIB has commenced investigation into the occurrence. Details will be communicated to you later.”
In a separate statement, Bristol Helicopters says the “helicopter actually landed on water”? The company said the helicopter got involved in water landing in Lagos while returning from an offshore platform.
The statement said, ” Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited, confirmed today that one of its helicopters, was involved in a water landing near Lagos at about 10.25 a.m. local time on return from an offshore platform.
“The aircraft, a Sikorsky S-76C++, had departed on a routine crew transfer flight offshore with nine passengers and a crew of two.
“All persons onboard are accounted for and in the process of being transferred to a nearby installation.
“The company is in the process of collecting pertinent information and will release more details as soon as it is available.”