US Authorities Speak on Helicopter Crash That Killed Nigerian Banker Wigwe, Others

According to witness reports, it was raining when a helicopter crashed in California near the Nevada border on Friday, killing Herbert Wigwe, Group CEO of Access Holdings Plc, his wife, and son, as well as Abimbola Ogunbanjo, former Group Chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group.

“Witness reports to the weather condition at the time of the accident suggest rain and a wintry mix,” said Michael Graham, a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) member, at a Sunday briefing.

Graham said two crew members perished in the incident, and 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.

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.

The NTSB representative stated that the Board 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.

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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