HELICOPTER CRASH UPDATE: Bristow Helicopters Issues Statement… PLUS …Two Missing Victims Recovered Dead

The management of Bristow helicopters have issued an official statement on the tragic occurrence which saw one of their helicopters crash into the Lagos lagoon yesterday August 12th.

The statement signed by the company's Regional Director for Africa Duncan Moore reads below.

"Our thoughts are with those affected by the unfortunate accident. We regret the loss of lives in the air crash and we are ready to assist them with our full resources. Our highest priority is to take care of our crew and clients and their family members and provide them with any assistance needed. Our personnel are currently working to confirm the number of people on board, their identities and the extent of any injury. The company is fully cooperating with Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) and the Nigeria Police. Preliminary information indicates that the aircraft carried 10 passengers and a crew of two, subject to confirmation. The company is in the process of collecting pertinent information and we will release more details as soon as it is available. At this time, the full resources of Bristow Helicopter's incident response team are being mobilised."

NEMA and LASEMA officials attending survivors
Photo: PM News
In the meantime, the two remaining missing persons on board the ill-fated helicopter, that crashed into the Lagos lagoon on Wednesday, have been recovered, PUNCH has reported.

The victims, who were fished out of the lagoon by the emergency management agencies and local divers at about 10.30am, Thursday [Aug. 13] had, however, died. The bodies were identified as that of the pilot and his assistant.

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