Bristow Helicopters confirmed on Monday that it has paid its August 2015 helicopter crash victims the initial $30,000 compensation which is in compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), directive on compensation for crash victims.
Bristow Helicopters is to pay over $600,000 as compensation and damage to victims of the ill-fated helicopter that crashed in Lagos in August 2015 that killed six persons out the 12 on board. According to the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO), each victim is entitled to $100,000.
They are supposed to get $30,000 as initial payments shortly after the accident and then get the remaining $70,000 three months after the crash.
The Senior Legal Director (African Region) Bristow Group, Tolu Olubajo who confirmed the payment yesterday also confirmed the return of Sikorsky S-76S to revenue service at the weekend by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
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Although he did not disclose the amount to the victim’s families, he stated that they have paid initial amount to them which is in line with ICAO recommendation of payment of 30 per cent within the first 30 days of the crash, out of the $100,000 total compensation money for each of the dead victims.
The aviation regulatory body had lifted the temporary suspension on the operation of the Bristow Helicopter Sirkorsky S-76 aircrafts in the country. The NCAA had on February 4, 2016 suspended Bristow Helicopter’s Sikorsky S-76C from further operations in Nigeria after two air accidents within the space of six months.
The return of the Sikorsky S-76 aircraft to flight operations followed completion of the NCAA’s comprehensive operational audit. And the company said, in addition, it has carried out an extensive return to service safety activities.
The August crash happened at the Oworonsoki area of Lagos when the aircraft, a Sikorsky S-76C+, which was returning from a drilling rig offshore belonging to SEDCO in Ondo State en route the Lagos airport crashed at Oworonsoki near the Third Main Land Bridge as it approached the MMIA, killing six out of the twelve on board.
Those killed were Joseph Wyatt (Captain), Peter Kayode Bello (Co-pilot), Chukwuma Erise, Chidi Ukwunta, Ita Ekpeyong and Chis Abua.
The February crash the helicopter reportedly ditched inside the ocean, however all the 11 persons on board came out alive. Agip, Mobil and Shell oil companies provided speed boats, while Bristow Helicopter also provided landing boat for the evacuation of the survivors.