Helicopter Crash In Nigeria Kills 3

A Nigerian businesswoman died on Saturday in a helicopter crash in southern part of Nigeria, along with her personal assistant and their Filipino pilot.
According to Harold Demuren, the director general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Josephine Oluwadamilola Kuteyi chartered the helicopter to travel from Lagos to Ilorin.

According to the spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, Yushau Shuaib, the helicopter hired from Odengene Air Shuttle services, OAS crashed in a hilly area outside Ife-Odan in Osun state, about 71 miles (115 kilometers) away from its final destination Ilorin.

Shuaib said villagers helped to search for the bodies for six hours because a device meant to send out distress calls and provide exact location details had not been activated on the aircraft.

The agency’s director-general, Muhammed Sani-Sidi, has invited all airline and aircraft operators to meet on Thursday in Lagos to reinforce the use of the device known as a 406 MHZ Beacon, which is also installed on ships.

The agency said a private plane crash that killed a British pilot and a Nigerian plane engineer on a test-run just outside the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna in May did not have its emergency device activated either.

  1. rabiu biola Reply

    its a pity for Nigeria
    when are we gonna get it right..

  2. Iroabuchi Reply

    On NOV 10th 2006, I lost my ONLY BROTHER, MR CHIDI KINGSLEY IROABUCHI on the same OAS helicopter.My heart goes to the family involved. Too bad, Nigeria govt has not done anything to close or suspend this unqualified helicopter company.

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