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How Access Holdings GCEO, Wigwe, wife, son die in California helicopter crash



Tragedy hit Nigeria’s banking industry following news of the death of the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of Access Holdings Plc, Herbert Wigwe, in a helicopter crash.

NEWSVERGE reports that the crash came just days after five Marines were killed when their chopper went down in the Golden State.

Wigwe was said to have died following a helicopter crash in California near the Nevada border in the United States (U.S.) on Friday night.

The Friday night incident according to report marks the second fatal helicopter crash in California in less than a week, after five Marines perished when their aircraft went down while returning from a training exercise on Tuesday.

Wigwe and wife

Wigwe, his wife, and son were in the helicopter when it crashed in California near the Nevada border, as well as Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the former Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group). It was learned that six passengers were onboard. No survivor has been found so far.

Meanwhile, the United States of America’s Federal Aviation Administration confirmed on Saturday that it and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a Eurocopter EC 130 helicopter that crashed around 10 p.m. Friday near Nipton, California.

The Federal Aviation Administration said that the Eurocopter EC130 helicopter crashed around 10 p.m. local time near Nipton, California, an unincorporated community about 60 miles south of Las Vegas in eastern San Bernardino County.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department however confirmed that no survivors were in the crash.

The helicopter is registered to a Burbank-area tour company called Orbic Air.

Orbic Air could not be immediately reached for comment.

Bolaji Farinloye

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