Tragedy As Helicopter Crashes Into Lagos Building … Escaped Residents Narrate Ordeal
From Our Reporter
It was a tragic moment for residents of
Salvation Road in Opebi area of Ikeja, Lagos where an helicopter crashed into a building.
Residents who escaped death while expressing shock thanked God for sparing their lives. Some of the occupants were at work. They said.
According to News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) who spoke to residents at the scene of the incident, their called was that of ensuring proper maintenance of aircraft before flying.
Mrs Grace Awolaja, a resident told NAN that it was shocking and surprising to experience such an unexpected incident
According to Awolaja, the helicopter was seen hovering in the sky for some minutes before crashing into the building.
“We thank God that nobody was affected in the building but l learnt that the pilot and two people died,’’ Awolaja said.
Another resident, Alhaji Saliu Bamidele, suggested that engine seizure might be responsible for the crash.
Bamidele said that the helicopter crashed at the back of house No. 16, Salvation Road, damaging two cars and the fence of the building.
Mr Mark Okeke, a fabric shop owner in front of the building, told NAN that the helicopter was cited in the air struggling to crash-land in the canal but “suddenly pick up and faced the building’’.
“We just heard loud sound with heavy dust from the house.
“Many occupants of the building were not at home.
However, the pilot and three others on board of the helicopter were found dead.
The Acting Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye confirmed to NAN that the helicopter belonged to Quorum Aviation Ltd.