A helicopter with 6 people on board crashed near the California-Nevada border
The helicopter is registered to a Burbank-area tour company called Orbic Air.
A helicopter carrying the CEO of Nigeria’s largest bank and his family crashed near the California-Nevada border late Friday night — just days after five Marines were killed when their helicopter went down in the Golden State.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the Eurocopter EC130 crashed near Neptune, the outer reaches of the Mojave Desert Preserve, east of Interstate 15, around 10 p.m. local time. There was reportedly rainy weather at the time.
Bloomberg reported that among the six killed in the accident were Herbert Wigwe, 57, CEO and co-founder of Access Bank, along with Abimbola Ogunbanjo, 61, former head of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Wigwe’s family was also reportedly on board, but the names and ages of those killed were not immediately known.
The San Bernardino County Police Department said no survivors were found. The sheriff’s office said the flight was headed to Boulder City, Nevada, about 25 miles outside of Las Vegas, where Super Bowl LVIII is scheduled to kick off on Sunday, Fox News Digital reported.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident. NTSB investigators should arrive at the scene by Sunday. “They will document the scene and examine the aircraft,” an NTSB spokesperson told Fox News. “The aircraft will then be transferred to a secure facility for further evaluation,” he added.
NBC reported that the helicopter was registered to a tour company in the Burbank area called Orbic Air.
Orbic Air could not immediately be reached for comment.
Friday night’s accident marked the second fatal helicopter crash in California in less than a week, after five Marines were killed when their plane went down while returning from training on Tuesday.
Additional reporting by Chris Niese