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Why Wigwe’s Chopper Crashed-US Aviation Authorities



Herbert Wigwe

Aviation authorities in America have revealed why the helicopter flew the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of Access Holdings PLC, Herbert Wigwe and five others crashed.

The Octopus News had earlier reported that Wigwe; his wife, Chizoba; son, Chizi; and former Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, died in a chopper that crashed in California, United States of America late Friday, February 9.

Explanation the cause of the crash at a news briefing on Sunday, an official of the US National Transportation Safety Board, Michael Graham said the team was “methodically and systematically reviewing all evidence” and considering all potential factors to determine the probable cause of the crash.

He said although the information provided was only preliminary, witness reports suggested that a wintry weather condition was among the factors that contributed to the accident.

He said: “The crew consisted of a pilot in command and a safety pilot.

“The accident flight was operated by Orbic Air LLC as a part 135 charter flight.

“Witness reports of the weather conditions at the time of the accident suggest rain and a wintry mix.

“The helicopter was not equipped with a cockpit voice recorder or a flight data recorder.

This helicopter was not required to be equipped with those types of recording devices.”

Graham said there were no details yet on the passengers on board the crashed chopper, adding that the “names will be released through the coroner’s office”.

He added: “Parties to the investigation include the FAA and Orbic Air LLC.

“As the investigation continues, other parties could 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.”

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