Tragedy Strikes: Nigerian Bank CEO Among Victims in Helicopter Crash

In a devastating incident, the CEO of a major Nigerian bank, Herbert Wigwe, his wife and son, along with four others, lost their lives in a tragic helicopter crash near the California-Nevada border. The crash occurred on Friday night when the chartered Airbus EC130 helicopter was en route from Palm Springs, California, to Boulder City, Nevada. The helicopter, operated by California-based charter company Orbic Air, crashed near Interstate 15 in Halloran Springs, California.

According to witness reports, the helicopter caught fire upon impact, with rain and wintry conditions reported in the area at the time of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is currently investigating the cause of the incident. NTSB member Michael Graham confirmed that the authorities were on the scene collecting evidence to determine the circumstances surrounding the crash.

While the authorities have not yet released the identities of the deceased, condolences have been pouring in for the Wigwe family and the other victims. Governor Godwin Obaseki of Nigeria’s Edo State expressed his shock and devastation, describing the loss as irreparable. Obaseki praised Wigwe’s significant contributions to the Nigerian financial sector, crediting him for transforming Access Bank into an international brand of exceptional financial services.

As the investigation continues, the NTSB will return to the crash site to document the wreckage and gather additional information. They have urged witnesses to come forward and share any photos or videos of the incident. The identities of the victims will be released once positive identification has been made and their next of kin notified.

While a preliminary investigation report is expected in the coming weeks, it may take up to two years for the full inquiry to conclude and a final report to be published. This tragic accident serves as a reminder of the importance of air safety and the need for thorough investigations to prevent such incidents in the future.

FAQ:

1. What happened in the helicopter crash near the California-Nevada border?
– The CEO of a major Nigerian bank, Herbert Wigwe, his wife and son, along with four others, lost their lives in a tragic helicopter crash. The crash occurred when the chartered Airbus EC130 helicopter was en route from Palm Springs, California, to Boulder City, Nevada.

2. When and where did the crash occur?
– The crash occurred on Friday night near Interstate 15 in Halloran Springs, California.

3. What is the current status of the investigation?
– The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is currently investigating the cause of the incident. NTSB member Michael Graham confirmed that the authorities were collecting evidence at the scene to determine the circumstances surrounding the crash.

4. Has the identity of the deceased been released?
– The authorities have not yet released the identities of the deceased. Positive identification and notification of their next of kin are still pending.

5. What have been the reactions to the crash?
– Condolences have been pouring in for the Wigwe family and the other victims. Governor Godwin Obaseki of Nigeria’s Edo State expressed shock and devastation, praising Herbert Wigwe’s contributions to the Nigerian financial sector.

6. What is the timeline for the investigation?
– A preliminary investigation report is expected in the coming weeks. However, it may take up to two years for the full inquiry to conclude and a final report to be published.

Definitions:

– NTSB: National Transportation Safety Board. It is an independent U.S. government agency responsible for investigating aviation accidents and incidents.

– Chartered: Refers to the rental or hiring of an aircraft for private use rather than using a commercially scheduled service.

– Interstate 15: A major highway that runs through multiple states in the western part of the United States.

Suggested Related Links:

Access Bank (Official website of Access Bank, the Nigerian bank where Herbert Wigwe was CEO)
National Transportation Safety Board (Official website of the NTSB, the agency responsible for investigating aviation accidents in the United States)