An helicopter crashed along Opebi Road, Ikeja on Friday at about 1.30pm. and claimed two lives.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the registration number of the helicopter could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report.

NAN also reports that the propeller of the helicopter fell on a building located at 16A, Salvation Road Opebi while the remaining parts fell in front of another building at 14, Salvation Road.

It was gathered that the helicopter crashed at Salvation Army Church and affected three buildings

The Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Oke-Osanyintolu Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the accident.

Oke-Osanyintolu explained that the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) had arrived at the scene to retrieve the Black Box of the helicopter.

He stated that two male occupant of building at 16A Salvation Road, Opebi died, while another male victim of the accident was resuscitated and taken to the Lagos State Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

Oke-Osanyintolu said emergency response was promptly mobilised to the scene of the accident.

He however added that there was no fire and no additional casualty, while operation was ongoing.

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Hakeem Owoseni and his men were on ground to facilitate crowd control.

At the incident scene were men of Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency LASEMA, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), The Nigeria Police and other emergency responders to ensure the incident did not degenerate.

NEMA Lagos State Coordinator, Ibrahim Farinloye confirmed the incident, describing the death of the pilot and that of a passenger as unfortunate.

According to him, the survivor from the crash was already receiving medical attention at press time.

A huge crowd was attracted to the scene of the accident but law enforcement agents effectively adopted crowd control measures as the scene was cordoned off.

With sympathisers shouting for help, there was crying and wailing as emergency workers were busy aiding the victims and clearing the accident scene.


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