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How Wigwe, Wife, Son, Ogunbanjo Died


Sketchy details of how the Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, Herbert Wigwe, his wife, and son died in a helicopter crash were provided yesterday by the United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
NTSB is an agency charged by the US Congress to investigate every civil aviation accident and significant accidents, said the helicopter caught fire immediately it crashed amid “rain and a wintry mix”.in the middle of a desert near Nipton,   San Bernardino County in California on Friday.

Wigwe, his wife, Doreen Chizoba, son, Chizi; Abimbola Ogunbanjo, a former chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group;  and two crew members were aboard the ill-fated    Eurocopter EC 130  chopper. the flight operated by Orbic Air LLC.

An  NTSB board member, who gave the details, Michael Graham,  alongside the investigator in charge of the incident, Aaron Sours, said it would take a year or two for the final report on the crash to be ready.

“As far as we know, from what was reported from witnesses there was fire when the aircraft did contact the terrain,” Graham said at a news conference in Barstow, California.

He explained that a representative of the NTSB’s Transportation Disaster Assistance division at the scene was currently working with the family members of the deceased.

 Graham added:    “We currently have a meteorologist working on our team and we were working to analyse and get the exact weather conditions at that time. Of course, that’s out in the middle of the desert so we’ll have to find the closest reporting stations nearby to be able to give an accurate report

“Our team methodically and systematically reviews all evidence and considers all potential factors to determine the probable cause. 

“The helicopter was not equipped with a cockpit voice recorder or a flight data recorder. This helicopter was not required to be equipped with those types of recording devices.” 

Graham said their investigators will be examining airworthiness to include maintenance and structures of the helicopter, operations, meteorology and air traffic control.

He listed parties to the ongoing investigation to include the FAA and Orbic Air LLC, adding that as the investigation continues, other parties could be named.

The official disclosed that the French aviation accident investigation agency will serve as an accredited representative of the investigation because France is a state of the manufacturer of the Airbus helicopter and the Turbomeca engine.

“Both Airbus helicopters and Turbomeca engines will serve as technical advisors to the investigation,” he noted.

Graham revealed that planned activities for the investigation would include travelling to the accident site to conduct the initial on-the-scene documentation, including aerial mapping of the wreckage with a drone and site measurements.

The Eurocopter EC 130,  manufactured by Airbus Helicopters SAS (formerly Eurocopter), is a    single-engine aircraft said to have a long history of accidents.

On December 1, a Eurocopter EC 130B4, belonging to the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission, struck power cables during take-off and crashed, killing three people on board.

A February 2018 crash involving another Eurocopter EC 130B4  killed five people, all of them Britons, in the Grand Canyon.

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Source: Hardcore News 

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