Cross River Loses Three In Lagos Helicopter Crash

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By CrossRiverWatch admin

(Above) Co-pilot, Peter Bello, Chris Abua and the crash site in Lagos (below)
(Above) Co-pilot, Peter Bello, Chris Abua and the crash site in Lagos (below)

The ill fated Bristow helicopter which crashed into the waters behind a police station in Oworonsoki, Lagos, on August 12, 2015 claimed the lives of three Cross Riverians according to the official list of passengers and crew members on board released by the Accident Investigation Bureau on Thursday.

The passengers’ manifest listed the names of the 10 passengers, the pilot and his co-pilot who were aboard the ill-fated Sikosky S76 C+ helicopter that crashed just before landing at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos.

The official report confirmed that the pilot, co-pilot, and four passengers died in the unfortunate incident while six passengers survived.

Among the dead are three Cross Riverians, one of whom was the co-pilot, Peter Bello, Chris Abua from Otugwang in Obudu who was a staff of Transocean Deepwater Drilling in Port Harcourt as well as Ita Ekpeyong.

The six survivors are currently receiving treatment at the St. Nicolas hospital in Lagos, while the bodies of the six dead victims had been deposited in the mortuary.

The AIB spokesman, Mr. Tunji Oketumbi, in a statement on Thursday recalled that the helicopter marked 5N-BGD and operated by Bristow Helicopters had departed SEDCO oil platform offshore en-route Lagos airport.

Meanwhile, the family of the late co-pilot, Richard Bello on Thursday held a funeral mass for the deceased in Calabar without the corpse. The home of the deceased co-pilot has remained packed up with sympathizers who continue to troop in to commiserate with the family of the 26 year old Richard Bello.

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