Access Bank talks about the fatal accident involving Herbert Wigwe
In its first reaction since news of the accident broke on Saturday, the bank would not confirm that Mr. Wigwe, his wife and son were on board the crashed helicopter.
“We have received numerous inquiries regarding a plane crash in the United States of America,” bank spokesman Oluvisayo Osindinde wrote in a statement issued early Sunday.
“At present, we lack specific information; However, we are actively cooperating with US authorities who will provide updates.
Premium Times reported Helicopter crash Near the border between California and Nevada. Apart from Mr. Wigwe, his wife and son, at least three other people are believed to have died in the accident.
Abimbola Ogunbanjo, former Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group), is also believed to be part of the passengers.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, two crew members and four passengers on board were fatally injured.
It also said the plane did not have a cockpit voice recorder or flight data recorder and were not required to have one.
Although Access has yet to confirm the death, many Nigerians, including those who were able to reach Mr. Wigwe, have confirmed it and publicly expressed their condolences.
These include former Finance Minister and World Trade Organization head Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and former Abia Governor Orji Kalu.
The crashed helicopter is owned by Orbic Helicopter Tours, a company that has long offered aerial experiences in Los Angeles.
According to details on the company’s website, “In addition to offering the best helicopter tours, we also provide helicopter transportation.”
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