Nin passengers and two crew members were yesterday rescued alive as another Bristow Helicopter crashed 95 nautical miles into destination.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the 11 passengers and the crew members rescued alive have been rushed to hospital.
This accident is coming nearly six months after another Bristow Helicopter crashed in August at the Oworoshoki end of Third Mainland Bridge In Lagos, killing six souls on board while six others survived.
A statement signed by Head Public Affairs of Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, Tunji Oketunbi stated that A S76 C++ helicopter marked 5N-BQJ belonging to Bristow Helicopters departed ERHA Platform enroute Lagos was ditched into the Atlantic Ocean 95 nautical miles into destination at about 10:20am local time.
Oketunbi disclosed that all the eleven souls on board including two crew members were rescued alive.
“Accident Investigation Bureau AIB has commenced investigation into the occurrence. Details will be communicated to you later”, he said in the statement.
Speaking on the accident, a source close to Bristow Helicopter explained that what happened to the helicopter was a controlled ditching by the crew.
In his statement, the spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye disclosed that
11 passengers and crews were rescued alive from the Bristow helicopter crash.
According to him: “The coordinate/location is 05 44.3N 004 16.9E. The coordinate occurred in high sea in Lagos area.
Nigeria’s Mission Control Centre (MCC) of Cospas SARSat picked the distress alert beacon from the helicopter with the above coordinate. ”
He said NEMA immediately raised search and rescue team with Nigeria Navy, and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety agency, NIMASA along with other agencies for immediate response.
It would be recalled that in August 2015, a Bristow Helicopter with Registration number 5N-BGD operated by Bristow crashed into the lagoon in Oworonshoki area of Lagos on Wednesday 12 August, 2015.
The Sikosky 76 Helicopter, which was believed to have departed SEDCO oil platform offshore on 12th August 2015 crashed on its approach to landing at Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
After search and rescue operation, six of the 12 persons on board, including the two crew members were fatally injured while the six survivors were rushed to hospital for treatment.
Meanwhile, the management
Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited has confirmed that one of its helicopters, was involved in a water landing near Lagos at about 10.25 a.m. local time on return from an offshore platform.
A statement by the company said “the aircraft, a Sikorsky S-76C++, had departed on a routine crew transfer flight offshore with nine passengers and a crew of two. All persons onboard are accounted for and in the process of being transferred to a nearby installation. The company is in the process of collecting pertinent information and will release more details as soon as it is available.”
Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited provides aviation services to the offshore energy industry, serving major integrated offshore energy companies in Africa’s oil and gas industry. With headquarters located in Lagos, Nigeria, Bristow Group’s Africa region comprises operations in Nigeria, Ghana and affiliate Petroleum Air Services (PAS) in Egypt.