LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A helicopter traveling from an oil rig crashed into the lagoon in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, killing four people on Wednesday, in accordance with aviation officials.
The helicopter belongs to Bristow, a Houston, Texas-based firm that charters helicopters to coal and oil companies, said spokesman Yakubu Dati of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.
Dati said four people died and eight survived. Injured victims were taken to a healthcare center, according to the reports from the National Emergency Management Agency.
Bristow said in a statement it has been working to identify those on board and also the extent of the injuries. It said preliminary information indicated the chopper was carrying two crew and eight passengers. The nationalities of people involved weren’t immediately known.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority said the helicopter was on the way from an offshore oil rig when it crashed, Wednesday afternoon near Third Mainland Bridge, between Victoria Island and the mainland.
The helicopter, a united states-made Sikorsky S-76C , crashed on way of Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal, Bristow said.
Helicopter crashes into lagoon in Lagos, killing at least four
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