The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) and the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have joined forces to conduct a thorough investigation into the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Herbert Wigwe, the group chief executive officer (GCEO) of Access Holdings Plc, along with his wife, son, and Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the former group chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group).
Bimbo Oladeji, NSIB’s Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, in a statement on Monday, emphasized that the collaboration between the two countries aligns with international aviation protocols outlined in Chapter 5, Subsection 27 of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 13.
She expressed deep regret over the loss of lives and affirmed the joint efforts of both agencies to ensure a comprehensive investigation.
She said, “The ongoing collaboration between the NSIB and NTSB underscores our commitment to thorough and diligent investigative processes. The NTSB’s swift response and meticulous documentation efforts, including aerial mapping and site measurements, demonstrate their dedication to uncovering the truth behind this tragedy.”
Oladeji further revealed that Aaron Sauer and Mark Ward are leading the NTSB’s investigation, supported by a team of experts specializing in various aspects such as airworthiness, maintenance, operations, meteorology, and air traffic control.
As the investigation progresses, the NTSB is taking steps to carefully examine the wreckage and gather crucial evidence for analysis, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the factors contributing to the crash.