A tragic incident unfolded on Friday night as a helicopter bound for the Super Bowl crashed near Baker in San Bernardino County. The crash claimed the lives of all six individuals on board.
Among the victims was Herbert Wigwe, the CEO of Access Bank. His wife, son, the pilot, and a safety pilot were also killed.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organization, confirmed Herbert Wigwe’s death through a social media post. The devastating news sent shockwaves through Nigeria’s banking sector, where Wigwe was highly regarded at 57 years old.
Terribly saddened by the news of the terrible loss of Herbert Wigwe , Group CEO Access Bank @HerbertOWigwe , his wife and son as well as Bimbo Ogunbanjo in a helicopter crash. My deepest sympathies and condolences to the Wigwe family, the Ogunbanjo family, Access Bank Group…— Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (@NOIweala) February 10, 2024
Super Bowl Helicopter Crash Kills All 6 on Board
Michael Graham of the National Transportation Safety Board officially confirmed the incident during a press conference on Saturday night. The Eurocopter EC 130 crashed east of the 15 Freeway near Halloran Springs Road. This is approximately 80 miles from Las Vegas, close to the California-Nevada border.
The helicopter, which took off from Palm Springs Airport en route to Boulder City, Nevada, had six people on board, including a pilot and a safety pilot. Unfortunately, the aircraft did not have a cockpit voice recorder or a flight data recorder. Both the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are actively investigating the crash.
Witnesses on the 15 Freeway reported the crash, mentioning rain and a “wintry mix” at the time. Reports also indicated a fire on the helicopter and downed power lines. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived on Saturday to gather facts and urged witnesses to provide additional details, including photos and videos, to aid in the ongoing investigation.
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