Wigwe: United States Government Blames Rain, Wintry Weather Conditions for Fatal Helicopter Crash | #NwokeukwuMascot

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The United States authorities have identified wintry weather conditions as one of the contributing factors to the fatal helicopter crash that claimed the lives of prominent individuals, including Herbert Wigwe, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc.

According to preliminary reports released on Sunday, the ill-fated helicopter carrying Wigwe, his wife, his son, and Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the former group chairperson of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, crashed near the Nevada border in California on Friday.

“Officials were on the scene to gather perishable evidence”, said Michael Graham, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, during a media briefing on Saturday at 3am Nigerian time. Graham said the team was “methodically and systematically reviewing all evidence” and considering all potential factors to determine the probable cause of the crash.


He added that although the information provided was only preliminary, witness reports suggested that a wintry weather condition was among the factors that contributed to the accident.


His words, “The crew consisted of a pilot in command and a safety pilot. The accident flight was operated by Orbic Air LLC as a Part 135 charter flight.


“Witness reports of the weather conditions at the time of the accident suggest rain and a wintry mix.


“The helicopter was not equipped with a cockpit voice recorder or a flight data recorder. This helicopter was not required to be equipped with those types of recording devices,” Graham said


Asked about more information on the passengers, Graham stated there were no details but added that “any names will be released through the coroner’s office” without specifying a time frame.


He added that the NTSB would look into the chopper’s airworthiness; maintenance and structure of the helicopter, operations, meteorology, and air traffic control. “Parties to the investigation include the FAA and Orbic Air LLC. As the investigation continues, other parties could be named,” he said.


“The BEA — the French aviation accident investigation agency — will serve as an accredited representative because France is a state of the manufacturer of the Airbus helicopter and the Turbomeca engine.”


Meanwhile,  Access Holdings Plc has confirmed  the death of its CEO, Wigwe along with his wife and son. The announcement was made in a statement signed by the Group Company Secretary, Sunday Ekwochi, on Sunday.


Photo: Wigwe son on white by the right died. The wife in the middle died, The daughter, Hannah Wigwe, by the  left clinging to Wigwe(she’s alive, she didn’t fly with them)

We will provide further updates as more information becomes available. Stay tuned for the latest developments on this tragic incident.

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