A S76 C++ helicopter belonging to Bristow Helicopters marked 5N-BQJ has crashed today at ERHA, about 100 nautical miles from Lagos with 11 persons on-board.
This is the second time in 6 months that the Helicopter has gone down as it crashed in August 2015 in a lagoon at Oworonshoki area of Lagos State and claimed the lives of six of the twelve passengers including crew on board.
Information reaching Nigerian Flight Deck indicates that all 11passengers were saved as the helicopter said to be flying from Port Harcourt to Lagos has a technical fault and the pilot made a decision to ditch the aircraft into the ocean .
According skybrary.aero a controlled ditching is a controlled emergency landing of a helicopter on water. It is prompted by a sudden –on set emergency, where continued safe flight to the nearest adequate landing location of even suitable landing not ascertained.
According to spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Fariloye all the passengers are safe and sound but he cannot ascertain the health of the passengers as they have been taken to the clinic.
Further confirming the incident, spokesman of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Tunji OKetunbi, stated that, “A S76 C++ helicopter marked 5N-BQJ belonging to Bristow Helicopters, which departed ERHA Platform enroute Lagos was ditched into the Atlantic Ocean 95 nautical miles into destination at about 10:20 am local time. ”
“All the eleven passengers on board including two crew members were rescued alive. Accident Investigation Bureau AIB has commenced investigation into the occurrence. Details will be communicated to you later.”
The crash is coming barely six months after its Sikorsky S-76C with registration number 5N – BDG – 760540 crashed at Oworoshoki of Lagos Lagoon
In the 2015 crash six of the 12 people on board died, while six others survived.