Reviewing the Lagos ‎Helicopter crash…is this accident preventable?

Operatives of emergency agencies on Thursday morning resumed the search for two missing persons on board the Bristow Helicopter, which plunged into Lagos lagoon in Owonroshoki on Wednesday.

The chopper, said to have 12 passengers, took off from an oil rig in the South-South and was billed to arrive in Lagos at about 3.35pm, crashed into the water a few minutes before its arrival time.

Four bodies were recovered while six others, who sustained varying degrees of ‎injuries, are receiving medical attention at the Gbagada General Hospital.

National Emergency Management Agency, its Lagos State counterpart, marine police, naval officers and local divers have been combing the lagoon for the missing victims since our correspondent arrived at the scene of the incident in the early hours on Thursday.

An official of LASEMA, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the wreckage of the helicopter had been located deep inside the lagoon,‎ adding that it required intensive efforts to recover the missing persons.

He said, “We just came back from another round of search now. The wreckage has been located in the middle of the lagoon. But it has sunk deep.‎ We are intensifying our efforts to recover the missing persons. For now, we only saw the tail of the helicopter.‎”- culled from Punch Newspaper

Being an Oil and Gas Industry accident in Nigeria, I’m very confident that a comprehensive investigation would be done and lessons learnt shared…but is this sort of accident really preventable?

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