A Bristow Helicopter with registration number 5NBDG-760540 en route one of the nation’s oil rigs with 12 passengers, including the crew members, yesterday crashed into the Third Mainland Bridge Lagoon near Oworonsoki end of the bridge in Lagos.
As at the time of filing in this report last night, six people were rescued alive, while four were found dead. The search for the remaining two passengers was still on.
The survivors were rushed to Afolabi Hospital for treatment while security and aviation authorities cordoned off the area.
Officials of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, the Nigeria Police, the Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB and other emergency agencies were at the scene of the crash for the rescue operation.
The General Manager, Public Affairs of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Fan Ndubuoke, disclosed that the helicopter was en route from one of the nation’s oil rigs when it crashed at Oworonshoki in Lagos, yesterday evening.
Ndubuoke said the helicopter, with 12 occupants on board, including the crew members, was scheduled to arrive Lagos BY 3.35pm but crashed into the lagoon.
He said: “A Bristow Helicopter with registration number 5BDG-760540 en route from one of the nation’s oil rigs crashed at Oworonshoki in Lagos yesterday evening. The helicopter scheduled to arrive Lagos 3.35pm had 12 souls, including the crew. At present, officials of the Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA and the Nigeria Police are at the site providing rescue operation for the victims.”
Meanwhile, eyewitnesses have claimed that the helicopter made a big noise before crashing into the lagoon which made them thought it was an aircraft.
Bristow Helicopters operates in the Nigerian oil and gas industry. As the first civilian helicopter transport company to work in the oil and gas industry, it has provided exceptional transportation, production management and related services for over 60 years.

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