Helicopter Crash: Bristow Mobilizes For Incidence Support

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.”

“We are incredibly thankful that everyone on board the helicopter is safe and has been accounted for,” said Bristow’s Regional Director Africa Duncan Moore.

“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.”

Bristow Helicopter Crashes Into Atlantic Ocean In Lagos

Another Bristow helicopter crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in Lagos area on Wednesday morning.

The chopper, our correspondent gathered, disappeared from radar after it took off from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja.

The chopper crashed at 136.70 nautical miles from AEHA Field in Bonny Island, inward MMIA.

There are 11 people on board the helicopter at the time of the accident.

The Spokesman of the National Emergency Agency ( NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview.

He said personnel of the Nigerian Navy and other emergency handling agencies have rescued all the passengers alive.

Farinloye said,” It is Bristow Helicopter that ditched into the high seas. Nigerian Navy and others have rescued the occupants. Nobody died. We are still trying to get the coordinates of how the chopper crashed into water.”

Officials of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) said the chopper’s debris had been recovered.

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