Authorities have launched an investigation into the tragic helicopter crash near the California-Nevada border, with both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) taking charge of the inquiry.
The crash, which occurred in the Mojave Desert at approximately 10 p.m. local time on Friday, February 9, near Nipton, California, involved a Eurocopter EC 130, as confirmed by the FAA. Although the FAA disclosed that six individuals were onboard, they did not provide details regarding casualties.
In a statement obtained from our sources on Saturday, the FAA affirmed, “The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide any updates.”
While sources familiar with the matter confirmed that Herbert Wigwe, the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Access Holding, was among the casualties, the US agency did not specify his status.
Rick Breitenfeldt, a Public Affairs Specialist from the Office of Communications at the FAA, advised, “Contact local authorities for the names and medical conditions of the people on board.”
According to insider information, Wigwe had traveled for the Super Bowl event in Las Vegas, scheduled for Sunday, prior to the crash. “A whole family was wiped out,” remarked a source speaking to our sources.
Dr. Kingsley Nwokoma, the President of the Association of Foreign Airlines and Representatives in Nigeria, expressed his condolences and confirmed his awareness of Wigwe’s demise. “This is a big loss. He didn’t die alone; both his wife and son were involved. It’s quite unfortunate that he had to die this way,” he conveyed during a telephone conversation.
Notably, a few months prior to the tragic incident, the co-founder of Access Bank had unveiled plans to invest $500 million in Wigwe University, an initiative aimed at enhancing skills pertinent to the finance and technology sectors in Nigeria. The 57-year-old business mogul had announced that the university would commence admitting students for undergraduate courses later this year.
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