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Bristow Helicopters Confirms “Water-Landing” Near Lagos

Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited has confirmed the water-landing of one of its helicopters near Lagos on Wednesday morning. 

A statement issued by Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited, said that one of its helicopters was involved in a “water landing” near Lagos at about 10.25 a.m. local time on return from an offshore platform. 

Also, In a statement, Tunji Oketunbi, Head of Public Affairs of Nigeria’s Accident Investigation Bureau said the S76 C++ helicopter marked 5N-BQJ  had departed ERHA Platform operated by ExxonMobil on its way to Lagos but ditched into the Atlantic Ocean 95 nautical miles to its destination in Lagos at about 10:20 am local time.

“All the eleven souls on board including two crew members were rescued alive,” he said, adding that the Accident Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Aviation has commenced an investigation of the incident.

The 13 persons on board comprised two crew members and nine passengers. Bristow Helicopters, which owns another similar craft which crashed last August, resulting in six deaths, says it is currently collecting information pertinent to today’s crash and will release more details when they are available.