Two people have been confirmed dead and one person said to be in critical condition after a helicopter crashed into a building in Opebi, a busy business district in Ikeja, Lagos.
Sources say that the helicopter, a Bell 206, with registration number 5N BQW is owned by Quorum Aviation and came into Lagos from Port Harcourt, the capital of the oil-rich Southern state of Rivers.
State officials said the bodies of the two dead persons have been deposited at the morgue while the injured person has been moved to a hospital.
Femi Osanyntolu, the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said that the accident happened at mid-day when a distress call was made.
“At about 12noon, we received a distress call in our command and control centre that there was a helicopter mishap and immediately we activated the Lagos state emergency response team.
“We were able to rescue one person alive and he has been transferred to the Lagos state teaching hospital where he is receiving adequate treatment, but it is pertinent to note that we recovered two bodies and they have been deposited at the mortuary.
“Based on the investigation carried out, it was due to the impact that led to their mortalities,” Osanyintolu said. He said that the crash did not affect people on the ground.
The helicopter crashed at 16A Salvation, Opebi Road in Ikeja, Lagos.