Herbert Wigwe, the esteemed Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings, along with five others, have tragically lost their lives in a helicopter crash in California, United States.
Reports from reliable sources indicate that the chopper, en route to Las Vegas, crashed near a border city between Nevada and California on Friday night. The Daily Mail has confirmed that the crash has resulted in the loss of six lives, marking California’s second fatal helicopter accident in less than a week.
Officials disclosed that the helicopter, identified as a Eurocopter EC 130, went down near Nipton on the outskirts of the Mojave Desert late Friday evening. All six occupants on board, including Herbert Wigwe, were aboard the ill-fated aircraft at the time of the incident.
This tragedy follows closely on the heels of another fatal helicopter crash just days prior, where a Navy chopper carrying five troops crashed during a routine training flight in Pine Valley, California.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department released a statement confirming the crash, indicating that they were alerted to the downed aircraft near Baker shortly after 10 pm on Friday. Despite search efforts, no survivors have been located as of yet.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has also confirmed the crash, specifying that it occurred near Nipton on the edge of the Mojave Desert Preserve, east of the 15 Freeway near Halloran Springs. Further investigations into the cause of the crash are underway.
According to NBC reports, the helicopter involved is registered to Orbic Air, a Burbank-based tour company. The identities of the other passengers on board have not yet been disclosed by authorities.
The aviation community and the business world mourn the loss of Herbert Wigwe and the other victims of this tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones during this difficult time.