Tributes poured in on Friday for the pilot of the Bell 206 helicopter that crashed into a compound on Salvation Street in Opebi, Lagos saved the upscale neighbourhood from a huge fire.
The helicopter belonging to air logistics company, Quorum Aviation, crashed into a compound around 11.30am, according to the National Emergency Management Agency.
Witnesses said the pilot, Chika Prudence, emptied the tank of the helicopter even as he desperately avoid crashing into the busy area
It eventually crashed into a compound where its rotors slashed through a car parked inside and the fence.
The pilot and his co-pilot, Clement Jior, died on the spot while the third victim, sad to be the company’s engineer, died at an undisclosed hospital.
“He emptied the fuel tank to avoid explosion on impact, he crashed on a fence avoiding the roofs and house. Always looking out for others. My brother and friend since primary school, said he was in Port Harcourt just this week, and now he is gone.
Taken to the hospital but after taking all the videos for social media, they waited for police report untill he died. I miss you is an understatement. John11:23-25 my only consolation,” an associate said.
The crash is being investigated by the Accident Investigation Bureau.