A helicopter operated by Bristow Helicopter Company in Lagos has crashed into the Atlantic Ocean as it was approaching the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.
A spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, disclosed that his agency received a distress call this morning and immediately alerted the Nigerian Navy and officers of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to engage in search and rescue.
The chopper, which had eleven passengers on board including a pilot and a cabin crew member, sank shortly after the crash. All persons on board were rescued by combined efforts of Navy and NIMASA officials who arrived the scene of the crash on time.
Today's incident follows a crash of another Bristow chopper into the Lagos lagoon in the Oworosoki area in August 2015, six people died in the crash.