A helicopter belonging to Bristow crashed on Wednesday while heading to Lagos from Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital. The aircraft reportedly disappeared from radar after it took off. The crash happened around the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja.
The public relations officer of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency Adebayo Kehinde (LASEMA) confirmed the incident.
Although efforts made to reach the spokesman of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) proved abusive as at the time of this report ,Accident Investigative Bureau (AIB) said there were nine passengers and two crew members on board the ill-fated aircraft with registration number: 5N- BDG-760540 but that no life was lost.
“The helicopter ditched inside the ocean, however all the 11 persons on board are alive. Agip, Mobil and Shell oil companies provided speed boats, while Bristow Helicopter also provided landing boat for the evacuation of the survivors.
Their survival is in adherence to the use of life jacket and the recently conducted emergency preparedness simulation of air crash by NEMA, LASEMA and other stakeholders. Further investigation on the crash will be looked into by the relevant authorities” he said.
The regulatory body, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in a statement explained that the helicopter made what it called a “controlled landing” after it became obvious it was experiencing difficulties on air.
This is barely 6 months after a Bristow Helicopter crash-landed into the lagoon at the Oworonshoki area of Lagos with six dead and six survivors.
Bristow is an offshore Helicopters transport company providing aviation services to the offshore energy industry, serving major integrated offshore energy companies in Africa’s oil and gas industry. With headquarters located in Lagos, Nigeria.
Bristow Group’s Africa region comprises operations in Nigeria, Ghana and affiliate Petroleum Air Services (PAS) in Egypt.