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LAGOS HELICOPTER CRASH: PILOT EMPTIED FUEL TANK TO PREVENT EXPLOSION

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More details have emerged about the Helicopter (Bell 206B3) with the nationality registration marks 5N-BQW operated by Quorum Aviation coming from Port Harcourt to Lagos that crashed in the premises of a residential compound on Friday afternoon at Opebi, Lagos.

The crash which occurred at about 12.17pm claimed the lives of the pilot, Captain Prudence Ernest Chika and the co-pilot, Engr. Clement Ndiok, the third occupant of the ill-fated helicopter who was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH later died on Friday night.

In a post by one the friends to the late pilot, Gloria Ugolee, she wrote “He emptied the fuel tank to avoid explosion on impact, he crashed on a fence avoiding the roofs and house.”

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She also alleged that if perhaps the first emergency responders had acted with purpose, Captain Ernest could have survived; “Taken to the hospital but after taking all the videos for social media, they waited for police report until he died”.

Another Facebook user, Adekoya Ajibola Sheunfunmi also wrote “He left Abuja for Port-Harcourt to pick up this chopper. He was on final approach to Lagos when he crashed. He tried to manage to land it in the nearest primary but engine failed”.

Late Captian Ernest who was born in 1983 is believed to have been trying to crash land the helicopter on the open field of the Opebi Secondary School which is just about 150 metres from the crash site to reduce damage to lives and property.

Reports say that the black box of the crashed helicopter has been recovered by Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) officials who were deployed to Salvation road, Opebi, where the accident occurred.

They were said to have recovered the device around 3pm on Friday

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