UPDATE: Crew, passengers survive Nigeria helicopter crash

FILE PHOTO Helicopter crash site in the August 13, 2015 accident; Photo: Africanspotlight.com

Crew members as well as passengers aboard a chartered Bristow helicopter which crashed Wednesday while flying from Port Harcourt to Lagos  survived the accident, the Accident Investigations Bureau has said.

Tunji Oketunbi, the spokesperson for the Bureau told PREMIUM TIMES on telephone that all occupants of the craft survived the accident.

“They all survived, they all survived,” the AIB spokesperson said when contacted for updates.

Mr. Oketunbi said search and rescue were apace and that his agency was in the process of circulating a detailed statement about the crash.

An official of Bristow Helicopter had earlier confirmed the incident to PREMIUM TIMES but declined to provide details.

The official said the company was still collating details of the incident and would make same public at the end of the exercise.

Initial reports said about 13 passengers were on board the craft at the time of the incident.

The identities of the affected passengers were unknown at the time of this report.

The new crash occurred less than six months after another helicopter belonging to the same company crashed in Lagos.

The chopper had on August 12, 2015 plunged into the Lagos Lagoon, killing six of the 12 persons on board.

Details later….

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