At exactly 9.30 pm, Friday, Director General of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the death of the third victim, the only survivor of the Opebi helicopter crash.
According to him, after several battles to save the life of the victim, who sustained severe injuries, he died at the Intensive Care Unit, ICU, of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Ikeja. The pilot of the ill-fated helicopter and a passenger were earlier recovered dead.
Vanguard had reported that the helicopter which was privately owned by Quorum Aviation crashed into a building, in Opebi area of Ikeja, Lagos State; and affected a Honda Salon car with number plate EPE 04 AL as it’s rear screen was completely damaged.
The incident occurred at about 12.17 pm at No 16A, Salvation Road, Opebi. Although the destination of the helicopter could not be determined at press time, eyewitnesses’ accounts claimed that the helicopter flying smoothly when suddenly it crashed landed in between two buildings.
This was said to have brought lightenings just as thick smoke rent the air. An eye witness Mr Emede Gab, said he was transacting a business in the area when he noticed the dark atmospheric change but he managed to scamper for safety.
Another eye witness Victor Owoyemi said he was not aware of the crash until he heard the firefighters alarm and rushed to the scene only to see a mammoth crowd as emergency services had taken off.
“My office is a short distance from the scene and I quickly rushed there. Thank God there was no fire outbreak,” he said. A survivor 90 years old Mrs. Olaoeju Johnson (nee Awolesi), who escaped death by whiskers said the helicopter crashed landed in between her house and that of her daughter-in-law.
She said, “the helicopter crashed landed where it was least expected and I was reading my Bible when it occurred. Though I cannot state categorically how it happened it came with a loud noise and thick smoke rent the air. “The next thing I was expecting was a fire outbreak but Almighty God miraculously averted this and I was rescued alive,” she said.