Herbert Wigwe, Wife, Son, Ex-NGX Chair Die in US Chopper Crash

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Access Holdings Plc, Mr Herbert Wigwe, has been reported dead following a helicopter crash that killed him and five others in California, the United States.

Foreign media reported that the chopper was headed to Las Vegas when it crashed near a border city between Nevada and California on Friday night.

Mr Wigwe’s wife and son were also reported to be aboard the ill-fated helicopter.

Another personality, Mr Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the former group chairman of Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Group Plc was also among the casualties.

Six passengers were onboard, however, no survivors have been found so far.

According to the US Daily Mail, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said they had been made aware of the downed aircraft near Baker shortly after 10 pm on Friday.

In a statement, they said: “We are not able to confirm how many people were on board or their names. No survivors have been located.”

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed that the Eurocopter EC 130 crashed near Nipton on the edge of the Mojave Desert Preserve, and is east of the 15 Freeway near Halloran Springs.

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

This crash comes just days after a Navy helicopter carrying five marines crashed in the southern California mountains during a storm on Tuesday, February 6.

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