Breaking News: Helicopter Crashes into Building in Lagos, Pilot Safely Evacuated

A helicopter crashed into a building in the Oba Akran Ikeja area of Lagos State and burst into flames on Tuesday.

Our correspondent gathered that the incident happened at about 3:30 pm.

Though two people believed to be the pilots of the helicopter were rescued, it is not clear how many passengers were on board.

Lagos Commissioner of Police Idowu Owohunwa visited the site, on Oba Akran Avenue, Ikeja, where a light aircraft crash landed.

Police spokesman Benjamin Hundeyin said the pilot and co-pilot have been evacuated to a medical facility.

“Situation is under control as evacuation is almost complete,” Hundeyin tweeted while emergency operatives from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) are already at the site of the crash.

Similarly, in 2020, a helicopter crashed into a building at No 16 Salvation Road, Opebi in the Ikeja area of Lagos.

According to Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA) and Lagos Rapid Response Squad, two people died and one survived.

On August 12, 2015, a helicopter operated by Bristow Helicopters Nigeria Limited carrying 10 passengers and a crew of two crashed in Lagos. Six people survived while six fatalities were recorded.

Also, on February 3, 2016, a Sikorsky S-76C++ Helicopter, belonging to Bristow Helicopters Nigeria Limited, was involved in a controlled-water landing in the Lagos lagoon but all 11 occupants in the helicopter survived.

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