Following the crash of their aircraft into the atlantic ocean earlier today, Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited said it has mobilized its resources for incidence support.
Bristow Helicopters Limited, a company known for its poor safety records, said the aircraft involved is a Sikorsky S-76C++ with tail number 5N-BQJ.
The crash occurred around 10.25 a.m. local time, even though the company called it “controlled landing on water” Osun Defender learnt.
The aircraft was returning on a routine crew transfer flight from an offshore platform.
All nine passengers and a crew of two onboard the aircraft are safe and accounted for, and are being transferred to a nearby onshore installation, a statement by the company’s publicists reads.
Recall another helicopter belonging to the same company crashed into the Lagos lagoon, by Oworoshoki late 2015, killing at least 9 people and injuring 4 others.
According to media consultant to the airline, Mr. Tunji Olugbodi: “At this time, the full resources of Bristow Group’s incident response team have been mobilized. The company is fully cooperating with authorities responding to the incident.”
“Our highest priority is to take care of our crew and clients and their family members and provide them with any assistance needed.”
“Family members and friends of those on board located in Nigeria may telephone 01-271-6748 for information. Friends and family in the U.S. and Canada may dial toll free +1 (855) 979-7533 or direct toll at +1 (567) 302-7004. Bristow will continue to release additional information at bristowgroup.com as soon as it is confirmed.”