US Authorities Share Details About Crash That Killed Herbert Wigwe, Wife, Son, and Ogunbanjo

The US authorities have released information on a crash that killed Herbert Wigwe, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc.

Wigwe, his wife, and son were on board the ill-fated plane late Friday, along with former Group Chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group Abimbola Ogunbanjo and two crew members.

In a briefing on Sunday, US authorities stated that reports indicate that a wintry weather condition was one of the causes that contributed to the chopper disaster, which lost six lives.

At the briefing, Michael Graham, a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) member, stated that officials were on the scene to collect perishable evidence.

“The team methodically and systematically reviews all evidence and considers all potential factors to determine the probable cause of the crash,” he wrote.

“The crew included a pilot in command and a safety pilot. Orbic Air LLC operated the accident flight as a Part 135 charter flight. Witness reports of the weather at the time of the accident include rain and a wintry mix.

Herbert Wigwe

According to Graham, there were no specifics about the people that boarded the plane. He stated that “any names will be released through the coroner’s office,” but did not provide a time frame.

He also stated that the helicopter did not have a cockpit voice recorder or a flight data recorder. This helicopter was not obliged to be outfitted with such recording gear.

The NTSB would investigate the helicopter’s airworthiness, maintenance and structure, operations, meteorology, and air traffic control, according to Graham.

“Orbic Air LLC and the FAA are among the parties involved in the investigation. As the inquiry progresses, other parties may be named.

“The BEA — the French aviation accident investigation agency — will serve as an accredited representative because France is a state of the manufacturer of the Airbus helicopter and the Turbomeca engine,” he went on to say.

Meanwhile, tributes have poured in following the deaths of the six people.

Prominent Nigerians, including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Femi Otedola, ministers, and governors, have paid respect to the deceased.

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